Then the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.”
12 But Moses said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?”
Well, maybe the fact God had told him to go, and that He would set the people free is the obvious answer to this question! But Moses was reverting to type.
‘In times of despair, it’s best to ignore our feelings and simply do what God tells us to do, leaving the consequences with Him.’ Warren W. Wiersbe: Old Testament Commentary, p.154
I love reading about the great leaders in the Bible because they are not super-heroes. They are all so very human. So I can identify with them, and I’m sure you can too.They are frail and obviously flawed human-beings. Cracked pots. But the living water of divine life seeps through the cracks. God puts His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7).
‘He turns our weaknesses into His opportunities so that the glory goes to Him.’ Graham Kendrick.
Moses was a great leader, but it was because of God’s power and not his own. God was going to do significant things through him.
But at this time he had his excuses.
How about you? What are your excuses for not doing what, deep in your heart, you know God is telling you to do?
PRAYER: Lord, I need to repent of my reticence and unwillingness to do what I know you’re telling me to do. I am truly sorry. Please forgive me. You know how weak and incapable I feel. Please give me the courage and strength to obey. Help me to take the next step you show me, and thank you for the privilege of working together with you.