But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
Let’s do a little word association. Ready? What comes to your mind when you hear the name, Moses? How about the following: Courage – confronting Pharaoh was not for the weak of heart. Leader – leading Israel out of slavery and across the Red Sea. Ten Commandments – just God and Moses on the mountain. With all that, somehow Exodus 4:13 doesn’t fit into my picture of this great man.
“O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” That was Moses’ first response to God’s call. God said, “I want you to lead the Israelites out of slavery.” Moses said, “Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll pass. I’m happy where I am. I’d rather not be stretched. I like my schedule. I am content with the comfort of my life. What you’re asking me to do is a bit risky. If it’s all the same to you, Lord, let Charlton Heston play someone else in the movie.” This response did not make God happy (unless I am missing the meaning of the phrase “the Lord’s anger burned against Moses!”).
Is there anything God is calling you to do that you are resisting? Anything that you are ignoring or putting off? A life calling? A career change? A new focus? Dealing with a sinful pattern? Dealing with an emotional scar? Getting help with your brokenness? Getting involved in a ministry? Are you reluctant to follow the call? Why? Look at what God did with Moses’ reluctant heart. Think of what He could do with yours.
Father, forgive us for resisting Your call and ignoring Your instruction. Change our reluctant hearts to responsive ones. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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