We each respond to God’s call in different ways. I remember so well the first time I felt God calling me to serve Him. My reaction was; “How could God use a person like me!” Unfortunately, the feeling was not a fleeting thought, but a persistent questioning of God’s sovereign choosing and doubting His grace – until I was confronted by a wiser older man with the fact that God does not make mistakes and His design is perfect.
In a sense, it was the same with Moses. Notice what he says to God:
“But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”” (Exodus 3:11). God maintains His plan for this ‘servant-in-the-making’ and says, “I will be with you” (3:12).
“Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’” (4:1). God demonstrates His power in two small miracles with Moses’ staff and his hand to show Moses that it was not up to him to make the people listen. It was just up to Moses to obey and follow God.
“But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue”” (4:10). In reply, God said, “Who has made man’s mouth?” (4:11). As leaders we must learn to say what God wants us to say, not what we have imagined should be said or what men expect us to say (See 2 Timothy 4:3-4).
“But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else”” (4:13). At this point the anger of the Lord is kindled against Moses (4:14). “Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.” (Nahum 1:6). As a leader, we are ever in the presence of God and must realize He is holy.
These are all self-centered responses Moses gave to God that were not acceptable. How we respond will clearly determine how and if God will use us.
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