My friend Ruth knows something about desert experiences in this life. And how fitting that she would share the following devotion while I’m standing on holy ground in the Holy Land today.
Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord Please send someone else ” —EXODUS 4:13
I can empathize with Moses. I don’t blame him for feeling a little overwhelmed and unqualified to go to Egypt. God commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the enslaved Israelites go. The assignment seemed simple enough, except for the fact that Pharaoh was the leader of the most powerful empire on the planet. And Moses? He was a runaway Hebrew, a shepherd. But God promised Moses that He would go with him (Exodus 3:12).
You would think that would be enough to satisfy Moses, but it didn’t. After a little more back-and-forth with God, Moses came up with the excuse that he wasn’t gifted enough for the job. “I am slow of speech and tongue,” Moses explained to God (Exodus 4:10). That didn’t get Moses out of the mission either.
Finally, Moses made the biggest mistake of all. He suggested sending someone else! Exodus 4:13 records his words, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Up to this point, the Lord had been gracious and patient with Moses. God had reassured Moses with His presence and strength. But Moses’ last request changed everything.
Exodus 4:14 says the “Lord’s anger burned against Moses.” It wasn’t until Moses tried to sidestep something God wanted him to do that God grew angry. As the story unfolds in Exodus, Moses did go to Pharaoh, and God worked powerfully through Moses to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. But don’t miss the importance of God’s reaction to Moses’ attempt to get out of going!
Is God calling you to do something that you feel unqualified to do? Learn from Moses’ experience. Trust that you are exactly where God wants you! Don’t tell God to send someone else to do what He has called you to do.
Father, I know that You love and accept me because of what Jesus has done for me. I want to honor You in all that I do, even when I feel as if the task is too big. Show me areas where I’m resisting Your call on my life, and give me strength to obey You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
In what area of your life do you feel overwhelmed by what God is calling you to do?
How is the story of Moses an encouragement to you?
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