Ever found yourself wishing you could just skip some assignments? Reading through Chapter 3 of Exodus and reading a recent post over at Denise’s and Sharon’s blog, triggered me to thinking about how we all have some assignments we would rather pass up.
The Call of Moses
During an ordinary day of tending his father-in-law’s sheep. Moses sees an unusual occurrence-a burning bush that is not consumed. As he draws closer, the great I Am informs him that he has been hand selected to rescue the Israelites from Egyptian captivity.
I am grateful for a God that is able to capture my attention even in the midst of the mundane tasks of life.
The Excuses of Moses
Like any good person who has been unwittingly volunteered by another individual to do a job that has never been done before, Moses had plenty of reasons why he was unfit for the job. The litany of Moses excuses included being afraid of what other people would think, not being an eloquent speaker, and not being properly equipped for the assignment.
Even with all the time that has passed between the call of Moses and the days of my life, I find myself having those very same excuses. When asked to do something outside of my comfort zone, I wonder:
1. Who am I that I should be the one to do it? Surely there is someone else who can do it better than me.
2. But God surely you know I’m not very good at___________________ (fill in the blank)
3. What if people don’t like what I say or what I write?
The Equipping of Moses
What I like about Moses’ story is that God was patient with him. He didn’t just ignore Moses’ concerns. Although He acknowledge his concerns, He did not acquit Moses from the intended assignment. Instead God reminded Moses that he was the creator.
“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say. Exodus 4:10-11 (NIV)
Like Moses, I can be consumed with me and totally lose sight of the fact that it’s not about me at all. I’m only the vessel that God chooses to use. Anything that I say or do that has impact on another is only because of the Him. Even with all my flaws, God counts me as usable. Now that is amazing!
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