God’s Call and Our Excuses pt.2
Has God placed a “call” on your life? Are you saying “yes”, “no”, or “later” to that call? What are your excuses?
We have spent some time in my two previous posts following the life of Moses, his rescues by God, and God’s ultimate plan for his life. In my last post, God’s Call and Our Excuses pt.1, we looked at the first 3 of 4 excuses that Moses made to God for why He has the wrong man. Let’s look at #4.
- Excuse #4 – I am not qualified for this job.
“O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Ex. 4:10
Maybe you can identify with Moses on this point: God has called you to a task or ministry that requires more than you think you have to offer; public speaking, sharing your faith with someone, teaching a children’s class, working with people in a capacity where you need to speak – but you don’t think well on your feet. You get tongue-tied, you stutter.
Some people who are eloquent may not bother to consult with the Lord before speaking and may end up not saying what God wants them to say. It’s always best to replace self-confidence with God-confidence.
God had an answer for Moses:
“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? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Ex. 4:11
It sounds like God has all the bases covered. Could anyone ask for more than that? Moses did.
- Out of Excuses – the Final Plea
Moses’ final attempt to avoid God’s call on his life is in the form of a plea:
“O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Ex. 4:13
Have you ever bargained with God to do get someone else for the job?
God gets angry with Moses; the Scripture says God “burned with anger against Moses”. Why did God get angry with Moses? Because Moses was still focused on his own weaknesses and the comfort of the predictable life into which he had settled. What would you expect from an 80-year-old man? (see Acts 7:29-30) Apparently God’s call disregards all of our limitations, including age and personal comfort.
Moses did not want the job God was calling him to do. He didn’t want to be a leader of this unruly nation. He was not a confident man at this time in his life and did not trust God to get him through it.
God provides a solution, but He does not relieve Moses of the responsibility to fulfill the call for which he has been rescued those many years ago. God tells Moses that He will send someone else – with Moses, not in place of Moses. God adds Moses’ older brother, Aaron, to the team as the mouthpiece.
God’s call on your life is your appointment, not someone’s else. God has rescued you and equipped you for the “good works which He has prepared beforehand” for you to accomplish. If the call seems too hard for you, it probably is – so that you will learn to rely on God’s strength, not your own.
Moses was a reluctant servant all along the way – God knew his weaknesses and worked through Moses in spite of all his fears, insecurities, obstinacy and weaknesses. The desert experience is a learning process for Moses throughout, and he becomes a powerful leader for Israel. It was his friendship with and dependency on God, developed during that 40-year desert trek, that is a lesson for us today.
Moses established tent meetings in which he conferred with God for the needs of the people; when he emerged from those meetings, his face glowed with such a radiance that the people could not look at him – he had to wear a veil to hide the glory of God which shone forth from his face. He had learned submission to God and fulfillment in following God’s call on his life.
What about you? Has God called you to a task, a duty, a life of sacrifice for the cause of His kingdom? Have you substituted other service in place of the specific purpose for which God has rescued you? It’s in total obedience to the call of God that the glow will come into your life.
What excuse are you making to the Lord for why you are not following His call?
©2012, Marcy Alves
Posted on February 6, 2012, in Christian Growth, God Encounters, Reflections and tagged Aaron, answering God's call, Book of Exodus, excuse making, excuses, God, God's call, Israel, Moses, obedience, trusting God. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.