Thursday, 8 January 2015

Exodus 4: No excuses!

Good morning friends, and welcome to chapter 4 of Exodus.  Also today, I'd like to welcome my newest follower - I do hope you find blessing and encouragement here.

Yesterday, we read in chapter 3 that God was about to answer the prayers of His afflicted people by using His servant, Moses, to lead them out of Egypt.  God promised Moses that He would 'certainly' be with him. Has God perhaps called you to serve Him in some way?  Maybe to give your testimony at a church service? Maybe He'd like you to speak to the boys and girls in the Children's Meeting?  Or perhaps, He's giving you the opportunity to witness to a friend, neighbour or work colleague?  God has promised that He will never leave you or forsake you, so you never have to do anything without His presence.  Yet, perhaps like Moses, you are afraid.  Afraid of saying something silly, of being disbelieved or even mocked.  Perhaps you are a shy person and feel that you cannot speak well in front of others.  Are you making excuses not to serve? Twice Moses said, in response to the Lord's call, "BUT...".  As God Himself reminded Moses, He made our bodies so He can also help us to use those bodies for His service.

What we need to try and do is to stop focusing on ourselves and what we can't do, and instead think about our great and mighty God and what we can do in His strength.  He will help us and equip us.  Verse 12 says:

"Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say".

You'll never know just what you can do until you try.  Of course, the first time is always the hardest, in anything we do, but we need to start somewhere!  Start small if you feel unsure and your confidence will build as you keep going.

Prayer matters: Pray that the Lord will give you opportunities to serve Him and that He will give you the grace to say "Yes, Lord".  Ask Him to equip you and teach you what to do and say and most of all ask Him to receive all the glory!

Many blessings, Karen

1 comment:

  1. I think it is easy to make excuses,especially if God is calling us to step out of our comfort zone. We think "I couldn't do that" or "I'm not the right person" etc but God doesn't look at our ability, He looks at our availability! We need to get out of the comfort of the boat to walk on water & grow in our faith & trust that God will equip us! Andrea