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“Oh My Lord, Please Send Someone Else”

Exodus 4–6

Stop handAs Christians we submitted our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  That means that we agreed to obey Him.  We agreed that He would drive our lives.  As we all have discovered, saying we’ll submit is easier than actually submitting.  We want to obey but so many things get in our way of being faithful in obedience.  Family, work, and any number of worldly distractions can leave us overwhelmed.  When God then calls upon us to act on His behalf in faith, we just don’t feel up to the challenge.  Many times we tell God we just can’t do it, and, as the title to this post suggests, we ask Him to send someone else.

In today’s passage we find Moses facing God in the form of the burning bush.  God instructed him to go back to Egypt as His instrument of salvation for the children of Israel.  Now it wasn’t by accident that Moses found his way in to the royal family of Pharaoh.  Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s house, within the corridors of power.  He received the best education possible in that day; the education of a king.  All of this was part of God’s preparation of Moses for this exact moment; to lead God’s Chosen People out of bondage.  When God instructed Moses to speak to Pharaoh and the people of Israel, to perform signs and miracles, all Moses could see were his inadequacies.

Moses said, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10).  Moses understood, perhaps better than anyone, the monumental task God placed before him, and he was correct that he could not achieve that task – at least in his own power.  What Moses failed to understand is that God was not sending him unprepared and He was not sending him alone.  God answered Moses’ fears by telling him that He would be with him and teach him what to say and do.

Exodus 4:12-13 ESV

“[12] ‘Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.’ [13] But he said, ‘Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.’”

Let me be clear, I don’t believe Moses doubted God.  I believe he doubted himself.  The problem came when he declined obedience because of his self-doubt.  Moses was focused inwardly toward himself rather than outwardly toward God.  Brother, you cannot have courage in the Lord when you are looking at yourself rather than Him.  Paul said it best when he said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  Remember Peter walking on the water to Jesus?  When did he start to sink?  He sank when he took his eyes off of Jesus.  If we lean on ourselves we have every reason to fear obedience to Christ.  If, however, we learn to lean on Christ, there is nothing we cannot do.  Now I say this in context of obedience to Christ.  If God tells you to do something, you can be sure that the thing can be accomplished through obedience to Him.

When we refuse to obey God we don’t thwart God; He will simply find someone else to accomplish the task.  God tapped Aaron for the tasks Moses rejected, but He didn’t give up on Moses.  Moses was still part of God’s plan and God brought him along – matured him in his calling as it were.  Guys, God prepares you for what He intends you to do.  Even when you feel unprepared, however, if God calls you to do something He will go with you to guide you and strengthen you along the way.  He may send helpers or encouragers or any number of tools and resources to get you through the job.  And don’t forget that part of the reason God calls you to certain tasks is for the express purpose of growing you along the way.  You know, momma bird eventually kick the chick out of the nest.  She doesn’t do it before the chick is ready to fly – it’s just that the momma knows what the chick does not, that he is in fact ready even if he fly awkwardly at first.

Brothers, when you feel the Holy Spirit within you urging you to a task that surely comes from God, don’t ask Him to send someone else; do what every one of His children must do, trust and obey.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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