Have you heard the saying “God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called”? Have you felt God calling you to do something and then backed out because it was out of your comfort zone or didn’t think God could possibly equip you to do it?
Moses was chosen by God to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt. But Moses gave five excuses why he was not the one to do it:
Excuse 1: I am not good enough. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11
God sees past the man or woman standing before Him and sees eternity. He sees our potential for good and how our broken vessels can fulfill His ultimate purpose for our own and/or someone else’s life.
Excuse 2: I do not have all the answers. “Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?” what shall I say to them?” Exodus 3:13
Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household. He had every advantage to learn and cultivate his intellect. He must have been a well read, well educated man, and yet he questioned his abilities. But, he missed the point. This call wasn’t about him-it was about God. Moses didn’t need to know it all because it was never about him in the first place.
Excuse 3: People won’t believe me. “Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” Exodus 4:1
This excuse is a natural human instinct. Being vulnerable is scary-especially to a potentially hostile group. God didn’t let Moses hide behind this natural human fear. He gave him two miraculous tools to give him the confidence he needed. A rod that could turn into a serpent and his hand leprous and made whole again. He equipped Moses to overcome it.
Excuse 4: I am a terrible public speaker. “Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow to tongue.” Exodus 4:10
Perhaps Moses was being exceedingly humble, or perhaps God truly used a flawed vessel. I believe both are true. God doesn’t call the flawless to do His work. He takes the humble and works His flawless plan through our cracked and broken vessels.
Excuse 5: I am not qualified. “But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.” Exodus 4:13
Moses’ final excuse is desperate. “Please, anyone but me!” God responds with righteous anger and the excuses stop. God calls Aaron to serve alongside Moses.
God works with each of us where we are and takes us to where He wants us to be. We just need to be willing to leave behind the excuses.
Oh God, enlighten my mind with truth;
Inflame my heart with love;
Inspire my will with courage;
Enrich my life with service.
Pardon what I have been;
Sanctify what I am; order what I shall be
And then shall be the glory
And mine the eternal salvation
Through Jesus Christ my Lord.