God Qualifies the Called

“Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’ ”

– Exodus 4:10

Since Moses had established a nice comfortable routine in Midian, the last thing he wanted to do was leave what was familiar. But why? I believe the answer to this question can be summed up in a single word: inadequacy. Since he was living as a fugitive and likely still wrought with guilt over the man he killed before he fled, Moses did not feel equipped or worthy to carry out the Lord’s call. This is why he offered excuses.

First, he drew upon his unworthiness by trying to convince God that the people would not believe that his purpose was divinely appointed. In response to this, Yahweh performed a series of miracles right in front of him to convince Moses that he did not need to worry about that — any required strength would come from the Almighty! As if seeing His power wasn’t enough, Moses offered yet another excuse, this time saying that he stuttered and would not be able to effectively deliver messages to the people and to Pharaoh. Once again, the Lord answered him with the confident assurance that He would be his help. Still not convinced, Moses finally just pleaded with God to send someone else, and the Lord became angry.

Friend, God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called! Don’t be like Moses and offer excuses based on your own inadequacies. Instead, hold fast to the Lord’s miracle-working hand and trust His power to part the waters before you. Anything He calls you to, He will carry you through and show Himself glorious in the process. He is always with you and for you!

Prayer


Thank you for placing a call on my life, Jesus. I trust you to equip me to do all you have set before me.

Reflection


Which inadequacies keep you from stepping into God’s call on your life?

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