The Excuses of Moses

The Excuses of Moses

When God appeared to Moses, He called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Yet, Moses gave excuses, and God’s responded to them. In a similar way, we have received a special calling to go to the world to deliver those in the bondage of sin (Mk. 16:15; 1 Pet. 2:9). Yet, too often, we behave like Moses, making excuses for what we are called to do.

Who am I? (Ex. 3:11-12). Whatever the reason that prompted Moses to wonder whether he was the right man for the job, God’s respond with, “I will certainly be with you…” (Ex. 3:12). Today, we may try excuse ourselves by believing that we are insufficient for the task, but God has provided us with the same assurance given Moses (Matt. 28:19-20) and with His help, we can accomplish anything according to His will (Phil. 4:13; 2 Cor. 3:5-6; Ac. 4:13; Rom. 8:31).

What shall I say? (Ex. 3:13-15). Moses knew that if he went to the children of Israel, there were bound to be questions. Yet, God tells Moses exactly what he needed to say. Today, we may try to excuse ourselves by saying that our knowledge is not enough, but when it comes to our salvation, God has told us exactly what to say (Mk. 16:15-16; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Ac. 2:38).

Suppose they will not believe me? (Ex. 4:1-9). Moses hesitates at the idea that the people may not listen. Yet, God responded by equipping him with several convincing proofs. Today, we may hesitate to share the gospel for the same reason, but just as God gave Moses convincing proofs, He has given us the evidence necessary to convince the honest and sincere souls (Rom. 10:17; Jn. 20:30-31).

I am slow of speech and slow of tongue (Ex. 4:10-12). Moses claims that he is not an eloquent speaker. Yet again, God promises to be with Moses. Today, some Christians try to use this same excuse. This did not stop the Apostle Paul. In fact, Paul said that he preached with simplicity (1 Cor. 2:1-4).

Please send…whomever else You may send (Ex. 4:13). Simply, Moses did not want to go! The other excuses were simply a smokescreen! Today, the same is true with us. We would rather that God use someone else. We really don’t want to do what God has called us to do, and brethren, the anger of the Lord is kindled against those who do not live up to their calling (Ex. 4:14).