Moses’ final plea
For the last four weeks, I’ve been doing a series on the call of Moses found in Exodus 3 and 4.
God had approached him with an assignment that was way over his head. The Lord was going to use him to take on the leader of the most powerful nation in the world in order to free His people from slavery. Moses was filled with terror at the thought, and gave God five excuses which he hoped would get him out of his assignment.
You can catch up with previous weeks on the website, but this week I am looking at the fifth and final of Moses’ excuses. I hope it encourages you in your own calling.
MOSES’ FINAL PLEA: EXCUSE # 5 – STUBBORNNESS
Exodus 4:13-15-18 Then Moses said ‘O Lord, please send someone else to do it’. Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.” Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.” Jethro said, “Go, I wish you well.”
Why was God so angry with Moses?
A look at Moses’ previous four excuses shows the progression …
- Excuse 1 – But who am I that I should go? – The Lord reassures Moses of his calling
- Excuse 2 – But what if they don’t believe me? – The Lord gives Moses supernatural signs
- Excuse 3 – But I am not eloquent enough – God reminds him that He is going to empower him
- Excuse 4 – But I’m not ready – God gave Moses another reassurance saying “I AM is with you”
Many of Moses’ excuses seem understandable. God patiently responds by giving Moses the game plan, reassuring him that He would have supernatural protection, provision and power. There’s no hint of the Lord’s anger at this stage.
But despite God’s many reassurances, Moses stubbornly refused to trust God saying “Oh God PLEASE send someone else!
This time God wasn’t patient or nice to Moses – He didn’t respond with a motivational talk such as “Moses, you just need to believe in yourself, believe in Me, put your confidence in my ability to empower you …”
We are told “God’s anger burned against Moses”.
The reason for God’s anger was that ultimately Moses’ perspective was monumentally insulting to God.
The omnipotent, omnipresent God of the universe had already proven to Moses that He had LIMITLESS power!
We can learn much from this.
God does not delight in hearing continually about the limitations of the people He wants to use.
There’s a saying that goes “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”.
Well apparently … if you want to make God angry, continue to tell him about your limitations!
This what Moses did.
So let’s get personal, and make this real for ourselves….
How have you been called by God?
What kingdom dreams and assignments has He given you which are bigger than your own ability?
- What kind of excuses do you make?
- Do you procrastinate (despite the Lord reassuring you of His power, provision and protection?)
- If so, what are you afraid of?
MAYBE you think you can’t raise world-changing children because you view your own upbringing as poor …
MAYBE you think your lack of education will keep you from significantly impacting the world …
MAYBE you believe your limited financial resources disqualify you from fulfilling God’s dreams …
Here’s some good news –
God is so much bigger than your PAST failures and your PRESENT inadequacies or limitations.
He knew all about them – before you did.
He wants YOU to have an accurate view of Him AND His limitless power to fulfil His dreams through you.
Read the sentence above again, slowly.
In my own life, a question I always ask myself these days is NOT “What if I fail”?
BUT this … “What opportunity to influence the world for all eternity am I missing if I don’t do this?”
Phrasing the question like that, is a catalyst to reach for more and step out of my comfort zone.
God is looking for a people who will put their FULL CONFIDENCE in Him.
Stop selling yourself short.
Stop selling God short.
- Do you really want to sit on your dreams, your calling and your giftedness?
- Do you really want to remain in your personal comfort zone instead of stepping into God’s best?
Don’t be like Moses.
Don’t tell the Lord to find someone else to do your assignment!
God was anything but impressed with Moses request.
If God has told you to “Go” and “Do” – He will empower you with ALL that is necessary.
Make no more excuses.
God used a stuttering, murdering shepherd to set a whole nation free.
Imagine what He can do with you.
Let’s finish this series on Moses by reflecting on this final passage.
Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.
Well done Moses!
Here’s my challenge:
Are you ready to give up all the excuses you may have which stop you from going for everything God has for you?
Today, why don’t you take hold of every audacious dream God has for your life?
If you want to do this, here’s some steps.
- Write down any excuses that come to mind. Be honest, ask the Lord to reveal them all. (eg fear of people, inadequacy etc)
- Give them all to Him.
- Declare afresh your complete trust in Him.
- Now write “cancelled” across every excuse.
- Believe that you can be and do all that the Lord has called you to. Speak this out in faith.
- Listen to what He is telling you and journal it.
Now watch in amazement as the Lord shapes and influences the world through you!
No joy in life can compare to living like this.
You are amazing. You and your dreams are intimidating to the enemy. I am so excited about all the Lord is going to do in and through you.
I hope you’ve been encouraged as we have reflected on Moses these last few weeks.
I’m so grateful for all I have learnt through his life.
As a man whose frailties are all recorded in the bible, in the end Moses trusted and obeyed God … and He changed the world.
One day in glory, I look forward to hearing about how you did the same.
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