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First, we need to understand the excuses themselves so that we donít fall prey to them when they fall on our hearts and lips. Letís watch Moses and examine his:
Excuse # 1- Iím not qualified
But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" (Exodus 3:11)
Our competency must come from God first. Interesting how when Moses was in Egypt of His own accord he wanted to become the deliverer of His peopleóbut now he was unsure. God wants us to lose the pride and rely on Him and His resources.
Listen to the words of the apostle Paul in
"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
God usually canít use us until we have tried to serve Him our own way and failed. He loves to use our failures, as he shapes us into stronger more resilient peopleóand thatís good news.
Elijah sat down under a tree filled with self-pity, and asked God to kill him. Peter had to fail dismally by denying and cursing the Lord before he could be used.
Donít let anyone convince you to throw away your failures or even worse to let the fear of failure stop you from following Godís will by faith.
Itís through our failures that God is often getting us ready for something bigger and more brilliant.
He told Moses: ďI will be with youĒ (Exodus 3:12) and He was for Moses and he will be for you.
Letís look at the next excuse.
Excuse #2- I donít know enough.
God says, ďOkay, Iíll be with you.Ē But Moses has got more excuses.
Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, íThe God of your fathers has sent me to you,í and they ask me, íWhat is his name?íThen what shall I tell them? (Exodus 3:13)
Moses was afraid he would be asked questions he could not answer.
What was Godís answer? "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: íI AM has sent me to you.í "
God is saying, in essence, ďI will be what I will be.Ē This relationship is going to begin and end with trust. Itís all going to be about trust.
In other words, ďHere Moses, tell them this. But understand itís not about how much you know, but rather itís about who I am, and itís about what I will do.Ē
We can all be guilty of doing exactly what Moses did if we focus on ourselves instead of Him. We want all the answers up front. However, thatís not faith and thatís not how God works.
Finally, the last excuse that weíll look at is:
Excuse #3- I donít have the ability.
This is very closely related to the one that is prior to this one, which is ďThey will not listen to me.Ē
Moses wants to turn away from Godís will and Godís plan by declaring that God just didnít equip him for the Job.
He says, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue." (Exodus 4:10)
What was Godís response?
The Lord said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? (Exodus 4:11)
In other words God
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