Over the past few weeks we have been in the midst of a Sermon Series at the church about “Growing Pains” in our faith. As I have been studying the topics for each week, I came across something that I honestly had never really caught before when studying the story of Moses…and that is, how simple the call that God laid on Moses was…and yet it was in this realization that I saw just how closely related to Moses we actually are.
God asked Moses to go back to Egypt and to say four simple words to Pharaoh, “Let My People Go!”
That was it, that was all Moses was having to undertake, just four simple words…
“Let My People Go!”
And yet, it was in this that I saw how much like Moses we tend to be. He immediately responded by saying that he “wasn’t good with speech and tongue.” Moses made an excuse….he questioned the calling because, as he put it, he didn’t speak well. Sure sounds like a lot of us, making excuses as to why we can’t be involved in the church, why we can’t talk to our friends and families about Christ, or even why we can’t take a stand on social issues because we feel we aren’t good enough to accomplish what needs to be accomplished.
God’s answer to Moses is the same to each of us today, and it can be found in Exodus 4:
“Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?” – Exodus 4:10-11
God responds to Moses by simply saying, “I don’t need your excuses, I am the one asking you to go. I will be there, I will handle it, I just need you to follow my plan.” And He is saying that to us today! God is calling us to do things for His Kingdom, He isn’t calling us because we are the most qualified…He’s calling us because He needs us to follow through.
In essence, God is simply asking us to say four simple words…He has a plan to carry out, and He needs us to accomplish the task when asked to do it….stop making excuses as to why you are not good enough to follow through. God doesn’t want our excuses, he just needs our service…He will take care of the rest!