May 21, 2019

 

You Have Everything You Need To Do Everything God Wants
Stephen Heleman

Continuing our exploration of the life of Moses, we read at the end of chapter 3 that God told Moses that he was to go to Pharaoh and demand that he let the Hebrew people go. We can see by his response in Exodus 4:1, that Moses knows just how unqualified he is to do what God says.

Exodus 4:1

1 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.'"

Why Would Anyone Listen To Me?

Read Exodus 4:2-9 here.

Moses had a real concern that even if he did go to the Hebrew people and ask them to follow him, they would not listen to him. How would they know that this message truly was from God and not just Moses wanting to be in charge? God gave Moses three miracles that revealed His power. 1) We see God's power to transform the ordinary, as the staff is changed into a snake. 2) We see the power to heal the broken in the case of leprosy. 3) We see God's power over death in the changing of water into blood. You would think that that would have been enough to convince Moses, but still, he comes up with an excuse as to why he shouldn't do what God wanted. 

Even If They Listen, They Won't Hear Me

Read Exodus 4:10-16 here.

In verse 10, Moses used his weakness as an excuse to not do what God wanted him to do. How many times do we do the same thing? God is not surprised by our weaknesses. God created each of us; He created our bodies, our personalities, and our minds. He orchestrated our experiences in life and put each of us in this place, right here, right now for a purpose. You are perfect for what God wants to do in and through you. 

Still, in verse 13, Moses persists and angers God. To Moses, it seemed that God was asking too much of him. God still finished His work, but Moses missed the miracle that God had planned for him. 

When God Asks Too Much

God may not ask you to go speak to a king. But when He asks you to love someone who is hurting, reassess your priorities, share your story, or share God's story with someone, it may feel like it's too much. Don't let fear keep you from what God has for you like Moses did. 

  • Embrace Obedience Over Fear. The way we overcome fear is by being obedient. Do what you know you should do, even when you don't know how it is going to work out. 
  • Don't Make Excuses, Just Obey.  You may feel like you don't have anything to offer, but God doesn't need anything from you except your obedience. You have everything you need to do everything God wants.

What are you afraid to do? Name it, write it down, and do it. No matter how uncomfortable it may be, how afraid of the outcome you are, or how many excuses you can think of, just start doing the thing that causes you fear and watch God perform miracles. 

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