Waking up this morning, I was struck by the authority given us as humans. Yes! God Knows ALL and has Seen the story of our lives, yet we decide.
Moses grew up as a privileged child as the step-grandson of Pharaoh. However, at the age of 40 God put into Moses’ heart to deliver Israel from the bondage of slavery.
Moses attempted to do this his way and killed an Egyptian who was abusing an Israelite and had to flee the country. He spent the next 40 years of his life working as a shepherd for his father-in-law. One day God spoke to Moses from a burning bush. He was instructed to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let God’s people go. Moses then gave his five excuses to God.
The first one is found in Exodus 3:11, “I don’t have the ability.” However, Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Moses had the ability of God inside him. The next excuse was, “I don’t know what to say.” Yet, in the book of Acts it says, “Moses was great in words and deeds.”
The third excuse was “I don’t have any authority or a position.” Number four was “I am not a good speaker” and number five is found in Exodus 4:13, “Oh my Lord, please send someone else.”
Excuses are a killer. Excuses and procrastination go hand in hand. The first step in overcoming procrastination is to eliminate all excuses and reasons for not making decisive and immediate actions. We have to have the courage to stand up to our excuses. These are a primary tactic of the devil to hold us back and to miss God’s timing in our life.
Someone once said, “You are moving forward, backward or on a treadmill.” Procrastination and making excuses put us on the treadmill of life. I encourage you to fortify yourself with prayer and renew your mind with the Word of God and get off the treadmill and go forward.
Differences: “Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink” (v. 6).- Exodus 17:1–7
As opposed to Numbers 20:10-13 –
Moses Strikes the Rock
Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in Me, to uphold Me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarreled with The Lord, and through them he showed himself holy.
Yes, Moses used by The Creator to bring forth the people of Israel out of Egypt to the ‘Promised land’ had a temper. God God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. It is the One who called that is important not the one who is called. Understanding and remembering this is the key to our every step in faith.
Despite his years of service, Moses’ disobedience and anger kept him from entering the promised land.
But, God does use us as we are, remember this: old things have passed away, in the lives of those who believe all things have become new.
Big question: who/what are you?
No matter the answer you can be used. Moses had a stammer! He attempted to use this as one of the many reasons to avoid going back to Egypt. Your excuse to be used of The LORD?