Have you ever been called by God to do something that you knew you weren’t adequately equipped or ready for? If you’re like me, you immediately start reasoning through all the scenarios and possibilities and before long you find yourself talking yourself out of obeying God before you even take one step of faith. You probably have come up with all the excuses of why you can’t do it, how crazy the thing is that God has told you to do, and who else God can choose to do it.
In Exodus 3, we see a situation just like this. Moses has fled from Egypt, he has been hanging out with sheep for the past 40 years, he’s is about 80 years old, and God calls to him out of a burning bush. God begins to tell Moses that he has been chosen to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Instead of instantly obeying, Moses starts to give God all the reasons why he can’t and shouldn’t be the one to do this. Moses starts telling God how the reason why he had to flee from Egypt in the first place was because he had killed a man. He continues to tell God that he can’t speak well. How he is too old, how he can’t do it, how he is inadequate, and that God should send someone else. Finally after all his excuses, Moses gives in and is used mightily by God to deliver the children of Israel out of bondage.
How many times have we been just like Moses? God’s calling us to do something and we immediately start giving Him our excuses. As if God doesn’t know that stuff about us before He calls us. Like what we tell God would catch Him by surprise. As if we could change God’s mind by thinking we’re telling Him something He might have overlooked. I love what Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, says “Instead of giving God your plans, start giving Him your hands.”
So the next time God calls you to do something, don’t think twice just obey. Quit giving Him your excuses and just be available. You will be shocked to find out what God can do through you.