Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Excuses of the Equipped-10/18/2011

"Then Moses said to the LORD, "Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue." Exo 4:10

You may recall that Moses, having escaped from Egypt, found himself in Midian. Through the course of time, he was called by the Angel of the Lord to the mountain of the Lord before the burning bush and introduced to God in a most unique and memorable way. He was then given marching orders to free God's people from the yoke of slavery. It is at this point that Moses began to offer excuses.

Beloved, we have the same problem to this day. God, through the sacrifice of Jesus has called us out of darkness and saved us from everlasting spiritual death. He has restored us to a right relationship and standing with him despite the fact that we deserve death. He then asks us to play a role in freeing others from the slavery of sin and darkness and we begin making excuses. "I'm too busy." "I don't know what to say." "I'm not really a people person." "I don't know enough."

When Moses began offering excuses, God said, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?" Exo 4:11. Moses was to understand that he was being charged by an omnipotent God who can accomplish all things. His feeble excuses were nothing to overcome for the Creator.

Regardless of what we think our abilities and shortcomings are, God has made and equipped each of us for His work. He requires nothing of us that is outside of the abilities He has given us. In short, "If God brings you to it, God will bring you through it."

Loving Like Jesus,


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