Some readers will think that this lesson does not apply to them. However, this lesson applies to every Christian reader, regardless of age, time in ministry, or location. We must all decide to stop making excuses and decide to give in to God's call.
In the exodus story, Moses fled Egypt and lived in the land of Midian. While he was here, he married. One day, he was shepherding his father-in-law's sheep, when he had an encounter with God that changed his life.
God spoke to Moses through a burning bush and informed Moses that He had heard the cries of the Israelites, who were slaves in Egypt. God chose Moses to be the person to lead the Israelites out of their place of slavery and to the land that God had promised to the patriarchs. Instead of accepting this calling, Moses came up with four excuses to avoid embracing the call.
First, Moses wanted to know how someone like himself could confront Pharaoh. Moses was looking at himself though a present-time lens. God saw the future. Moses did not think himself able to confront Pharaoh, since Pharaoh was considered a great man. However, God knew what He was doing, and Moses was the person He chose to fulfill this calling. Moses saw himself as small. God reassured Moses that He would be with Moses, and God fulfilled this promise. God was faithful, even when Moses was faithless.
Second, Moses was worried that the Israelites would not believe that God had met with him. Moses asked God for His Name, so that he would be able to tell the Israelites Who sent him. Prior to this, God had introduced Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God still replied to Moses here, saying, "I AM WHO I AM." (Ex. 3:14). He then reminded Moses that this is the way He is to be remembered throughout all generations (Ex. 3:15).
After this, Moses came up with another excuse. "What if they don't believe me," Moses asked. God then told Moses of three miracles that he would perform to prove that God had met with Moses. First, God told Moses to throw his staff on the ground. When Moses did this, the staff became a snake. Second, God told Moses to put his hand in his cloak. When Moses did this, his hand became diseased. When he did it again, the disease went away. Finally, God told Moses to take some of the water from the Nile River and pour it on the ground. When Moses did this, the water became blood. With this, God answered Moses's third excuse.
Next, Moses told God that he was not a very good speaker. God answered Moses by reassuring Moses that He would help Moses speak and teach him what to say. He also reminded Moses that it was God Who created the human mouth. With this, God answered Moses's third excuse.
Finally, Moses begged God to find someone else to go. However, God had a plan, and that plan involved Moses. In the end, God won, and we all know what the outcome was. When Moses gave in to God, God turned a fugitive into the leader of the Israelites. That is a dramatic transformation!
We can all learn from this. Moses resisted God's call for as long as he could. However, when Moses embraced the call of God, extraordinary things happened. An entire nation was saved from slavery. It is amazing what God can do with the simple obedience of His people. Will you be obedient to your call today?