Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”
“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…?)
- Who am I? You picked the wrong guy! Exodus 3:3-17
- The people forgot God’s name. (They won’t understand why I’m doing this) Exodus 3:13-22
- They won’t believe me or listen to me. Exodus 4:1-9
- I don’t speak well. Exodus 4:10-12
- Send someone else! (I’m not skilled enough) Exodus 4:13-17
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?
Psalm 51:6 “Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”
Have you ever gone to a sawmill and watched them process timber? They take a big log out of the woods that may have bumps and knots on it, and they lay it on a cradle, running it through a saw, cutting off one side. Then they bring it back, turn it, and run it through again to cut off another side. When they’re finished, if you stand and look down it, it’s perfectly straight. But if you look at the end of it, the heart is still crooked. That’s the way it is with some individuals who are outwardly living the Christian life. But Jeremiah 17:9 warns the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. We need regeneration. We must be born again.
If you are going through a solitary way, read John 17, it will explain exactly why you are where you are – Jesus has prayed that you may be one with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or have you some other end for your life? Since you became a disciple you cannot be as independent as you used to be.
The purpose of God is not to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God, and this is revealed in John 17. There is one prayer God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus – “that they may be one, even as We are One.” Are we as close to Jesus Christ as that?
God is not concerned about our plans; He does not say – Do you want to go through this bereavement; this upset? He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, nobler men and women; or they are making us more captious and fault-finding, more insistent upon our own way. The things that happen either make us fiends, or they make us saints; it depends entirely upon the relationship we are in to God. If we say – “Thy will be done,” we get the consolation of John 17, the consolation of knowing that our Father is working according to His own wisdom. When we understand what God is after we will not get mean and cynical. Jesus has prayed nothing less for us than absolute oneness with Himself as He was one with the Father. Some of us are far off it, and yet God will not leave us alone until we are one with Him, because Jesus has prayed that we may be.