Week 1, Day 4

Excuse #4

Now the feeling of inadequacy surfaces:

But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue” (Exodus 4:10).

In the past we may have thought or heard someone say, “Don’t ask me to do that. I am not qualified. I am not a good speaker. I am not strong enough to handle that.” Listen now to God’s response for He just wasn’t going to let excuses stand in the way of Moses’ calling.

Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?... Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak” (Exodus 4:11-12).

Is this believable? God was actually going to speak through the mouth of Moses. We would think that this would be all Moses needed to finally stop arguing and be willing to accept the task at hand. But we will see on Day 5 that this is not the case.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Have you ever tried to argue with God when challenges arose? Name those challenges and list any excuses used. Did you move forward in faith anyway or, like Moses, were you the one who had another excuse to make? Only you can determine whether the excuses are based in fear or on the uncertainty of God’s call. But when you are assured of His calling, move forward with His guidance, for Christ’s presence and power will be yours.

Prayer:  To the “Great I AM”, one of my excuses is that I am not feeling qualified for the task you desire of me. Give me the strength to remember that You will make me qualified, no matter Your call to service. Help me remember that Your grace received through Christ will guide and lead me. Amen.