In our lesson series today “THE EXODUS FROM EGYPT”, God has called Moses to begin a Mission into Egypt to bring His people up out of Slavery. However, as God begins to lay out His plans to Moses for this Mission, Moses becomes a reluctant Servant by offering up his list of, “BUT GOD EXCUSES!”
By Moses initial reactions and his uses of “BUT GOD “excuses, you would not be alone in your reluctant to except God’s calling you out to GO.
Now let us take a look at Moses inventory of disqualifications of “BUT GOD,” excuses. We begin with his very first one which was his LACK OF CAPABILITY, “And Moses said to God, Who I am, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 AMB).
HIS LACK OF MESSAGE; “And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13 AMB).
LACK OF AUTHORITY; AND MOSES answered, But behold, they will not believe me or listen to and obey my voice; for they will say, The Lord has not appeared to you. (Exodus 14:1 AMB).
LACK OF ELOQUENCE; And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue. (Exodus 4:10 AMB).
LACK OF SPECIAL ADAPTATION; And he said, Oh, my Lord, I pray You, send by the hand of [some other] whom You will [send]. (Exodus 4:13 AMB).
LACK OF PREVIOUS SUCCESS; For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, neither have You delivered Your people at all. (Exodus 5:23 AMB).
LACK OF PREVIOUS ACCEPTANCE; But Moses said to the Lord, Behold, [my own people] the Israelites have not listened to me; how then shall Pharaoh give heed to me, who am of deficient and impeded speech? (Exodus 6:12 AMB)
As you read Moses list of “BUT GOD,” excuses, you get a picture perfect understanding that the two list of“BUT GOD” excuses are pretty much the same. Now instead of pleasing God, Moses seeming humility and reluctance stirred His anger. “The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses (Exodus 4:14). In point of fact, the “BUT GOD” excuses Moses advanced to show his incapacity were the very reasons for God’s selection of him for the task.”
Now what do you think of your “BUT GOD” excuses? In concluding this message this observation was offered up by (F. B. Meyer, Moses, the Servant of God). F. B. Meyer found that in Exodus 3:11 “There was something more than humility here; there was a tone of self-depreciation which was inconsistent with a true faith in God’s selection and appointment. Surely it is God’s business to choose His special instruments; and when we are persuaded that we are in the line of His purpose, we have no right to question the wisdom of His appointment. To do so is to depreciate His wisdom or to doubt His power and willingness to become all that is necessary to complete our need”
Now we leave you with our peace that God will bless you and help you to overcome your “BUT GOD”excuses.
We will continue with THE EXODUS STORY on Tuesday March 10, 2015.