“You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
– Exodus 4:15-17
While we learned yesterday that Moses did not want to carry out the call to lead the Isrealites out of Egypt because he felt inadequate, I believe the Lord’s greatest gift to him was not letting him off the hook.
After God became angry with Moses’ excuses, He showed mercy by telling him that He would send his brother Aaron along to help shoulder the burden. Together, they would lead the people, and Aaron would do the talking. I don’t know about you, but I’m really thankful that the Lord was not convinced to revoke His call on Moses’ life just because he didn’t want to go. You see, as much as Moses thought he knew what he wanted, God showed mercy to him in empowering him to move forward toward his destiny. If the Almighty had told him to go back to Midian and raise his family, what would have become of history as we know it? And what would have happened to him? Had I been in Moses’ shoes, I probably would have spent the rest of my life wondering what I missed; thinking about that burning bush and imagining the mysteries it might have held.
Friend, it was the Lord’s mercy that He didn’t let Moses off the hook, and the same is true for you. Don’t live the rest of your life in regret simply because you are afraid to make a move. Being called to do great things is a gift, and it’s part of the cost of discipleship. The more of Jesus you take on, the more of yourself is required, but the reward will always be greater than the risk! Rest in that truth and step fully into your calling.
Thank you, Jesus, for not letting me off the hook when difficult things are required of me. I want to see your great plan unfold in my life.
When in your life did God not let you off the hook?