Day 2

Moses –– No Excuse Will Suffice

Moses said to the Lord.”…I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10, NRSV)

The more Moses listened to the voice emanating from the burning bush, the more fearful he became. God was in the bush, telling Moses he had been selected to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. There must be some mistake, Moses thought. He had a long list of excuses for why he couldn’t be God’s man. He was eighty years old, having spent the previous forty years tending sheep in the desert. He wasn’t theologically trained and therefore wouldn’t be able to adequately explain which god (among the many the Egyptians acknowledged) had sent him. To top things off, Moses was not an eloquent speaker. One by one, God shot these excuses down. Then he provided the surprised and scared Moses with the ultimate audiovisual lesson. Before Moses’ very eyes, God transformed an ordinary shepherd’s staff into an extraordinary tool for deliverance. It was as if God was saying, “Moses, I can do the same thing with your life. But first you have to quit making excuses. And then you have to trust me.” God says essentially the same thing to us. He has an exciting purpose for your life. He has amazing plans he wants you to accomplish. But if you focus on your weaknesses and cling to your doubt, you’ll never know anything beyond mediocrity. Let him work in you through you, and the world will marvel at the results. If God has selected you for a task, no excuse will suffice.

What is God saying to you right now? Jot down those thoughts and pray them back to Him.

This devotion was taken from: The One Year Life Lessons from the Bible; February 17; by Neil S. Wilson

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