“Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say”Exodus 4:12
Have you ever been given an assignment that you feel you’re totally unprepared or unable to do and look for every reason/excuse why you shouldn’t be the one to do it? I think it’s safe to suggest we have all been that person at one time.
Did you know Moses was also that person? God called Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt and Moses attempted to square off again God and refuse.
Here are the five reason Moses gave not to do what he had be selected for (have you ever said these to your CO, XO, employer etc…?)
Moses could not evade the responsibility that God had him for. God provided Moses the tools he needed, the words he used and a helper to assist him (Aaron).
We all know of Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt and receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. He could have disappeared into history with no one ever knowing who he was, if left alone to his own lack of confidence but “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.”Acts 7:22
We’re not asked to be Moses but do we trust God enough to “go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say” in what we do or what we’ve been asked to do?
Genesis 14:14-16 “When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.”
Abraham’s rescue of Lot and his household from the four Mesopotamian Kings in the middle of the night was an act of holy chutzpah! Israel’s first patriarch demonstrated great faith, courage, family loyalty, and military strategy during this successful rescue operation.
This example of courage and daring ought to inspire us in certain situations where evil should be boldly and radically confronted. There are times when we, too, can and should operate with holy chutzpah, surprising the enemy with fearless courage, faith-filled action, and laser sharp strategy. “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” [Luke 10:19]
There is a time to wage war with holy chutzpah. When our cause is righteous and the goal is rescue and deliverance from evil then we ought not to be passive. In these situations we need the Lord’s strategy and the courage which comes with true righteousness. Perhaps it will require a strong word spoken in love; perhaps a day or a week of serious fasting and prayer. It may even involve addressing an evil spirit as the Apostle Paul did in Philippi [Acts 16:18]. There are times for radical action without fear that it can’t be done. Our Lord, on the cross, exemplified tremendous courage and heroism to rescue us from our sins and the devil’s power. In the power if His spirit we also can be instruments of dramatic deliverance – with Holy chutzpah!
I got orders in hand today and my first two tasks assigned yesterday and today. I am at the starting point of this journey. Looks like this will be a very busy tour of duty. Paul said in Acts 26:19 the he “was not disobedient to the heavenly vision”. This is a great task that I’ve been assigned and will continue from the starting point assigned to the end, keeping true faith.