Monday, January 22

Send someone else

Scripture: Exodus 3-5, Luke 22

Exodus 4:13-14 Moses said, “Please, Lord, send someone else.” 14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses.

Observation

Moses responds to God’s call by asking questions (Who am I?  Who are You?  What if they don’t believe me?) , then making excuses (I’m not a good speaker.), and finally, simply refusing to go: “Please Lord, send someone else.”  Not me.

God was patient with Moses’ questions and even His excuses, but He was angry with the refusal.  It is not a good idea to say, “no” to God!  But even though He was angry, God didn’t dump Moses.  He patiently provided help for Moses in the form of his brother, Aaron.

This was God’s initiative all the way.  God saw the Israelites suffering, heard their cries, and came down to save them.  He chose Moses to lead them to freedom—and God stuck with His choice, even after Moses gave Him reasons not to!

Application

First, I never want to say no to God.  When He calls, I always want to say yes—even if it’s hard, even if I don’t feel like it.  Jesus sets the example in the Garden: “Father, if You are willing, take this cup  away from Me—nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.”  (Luke 22:42)

Second, imagine what Moses would have missed if God had taken him at his word and chosen someone else!  We tend to focus, like Moses, on the negative (how hard it will be, how unqualified we are), rather than on the positive (what God wants to do).  When God calls me to something hard, focus on His promise and say yes!

Prayer: Lord, where are you calling me today?  This week?  Help me to hear your call, and like Jesus, say yes every time.