Do you ever make excuses to God? You know what I’m talking about, those things that you know He is prompting you to do, but you find some reason why you can’t do it? Maybe it’s making that call that you just don’t want to make. Maybe it’s offering to help when you really don’t want to. Or maybe it’s speaking up when you just want to be silent. Those kinds of things. Do you ever struggle with that? I do.
At first glance, I read this story of Moses and I wonder how he could keep making excuses for what God was clearly asking him to do. God is performing miraculous sign after miraculous sign and still Moses hesitates and finds a reason why he can’t do it. I want to yell, “Come on, Moses! Great day, how could you doubt that God is with you?!” And then I get a glimpse of myself in the mirror and all of a sudden, Moses doesn’t seem like quite the wimp that he did a few minutes ago.
God has come through for me time and time again, and yet, when I’m afraid, I waver…I doubt. That’s when I’m tempted to make excuses for why God’s idea isn’t such a good one. “Do you know how they will respond to me if I pick up this phone and call?” “God, do you have any idea how busy I am?” “God, what if they don’t like what I have to say?” Sometimes God is persistent and I finally do what He’s asking, but sometimes, I keep making excuses until the prompting leaves. Only God knows how many opportunities I’ve lost because I wasn’t brave enough or faithful enough to believe that He is with me. That thought grieves me.
God made a way for Moses. He gave him what he needed to do the job and He will do that for us as well. Nothing on earth compares to the feeling of being used by God. Absolutely nothing. Over and over in scripture God tell us not to fear or be afraid. The reason? Because He is with us. Isaiah 41:10 is one of my favorite verses. It’s a great one to have memorized to be able to bring to mind when you need the reminder:
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
What would it be like if we all made a commitment to trust that God is with us and to do what He asks us to do? How might that change your day today?
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