We are fully equipt to do what we are called to do… yet we doubt.
In Exodus 3:18 God told Moses that the elders will listen to him and they will go with him to see Pharoah about all God said to him.
Yet in Exodus 4:1-2 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” 2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
As Moses was asking a doubting question, God just asks him another question back and doesn’t answer to the doubt. God wants Moses to see that he doesn’t need to doubt because God is equipping him with all he needs if he just trusts and believes.
God wants to make sure he feels secure so he shows him a few things to do and look for when he goes up to go against the king. God is saying maybe there will be some opposition but you keep going and you will overcome.
Exodus 4:3-9 3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” 6 Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow. 7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh. 8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. 9 But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”
God was being very clear about the what will happen and what he(Moses) can do to overcome it. Even though it was crystal clear Moses still doubted his abilities and Gods’ ability to work through him.
Exodus 4:10-13 10 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.”
So Moses is making the excuse that he isn’t smart enough, educated enough, or bold enough to carry this out. You ever thought to yourself that you really would like to do something that’s in your heart but you don’t feel smart enough, brave enough or educated enough to get it done? I know I certainly have!
vs. 11-13 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” 13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
Even though God said ‘I got you’… Now Go! Moses still comes back with “please send someone else” WOW! why do we do that? Why do we look for someone else to do what we find too difficult? We are called to do it and no one else can do it like we could, yet we want someone else to take the task for us.
Exodus 4:14-17 14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 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. 16 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. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
Oh, my there is so much in these verses…..
The Lord got mad at Moses about not doing what he was told, yet he didn’t reprimand him, God made the brother come to help him speak. God had Aaron already on his way to help Moses even though this was Moses’s calling. No matter what, Moses wasn’t getting away with not doing what the Lord asked him to do.
In vs 15, God basically says well I’m not going to repeat myself so you will have to do it since you’re the one that is not willing to step into your calling even though I commanded you. I will help both of you, so don’t think you are out of doing what I commanded. He may speak for you and with you but you will perform all that I have asked you to do.
God will always provide for us what we need if we trust him. He will also send people around us that can help us accomplish what we need to. Pray about who is around you and those who come into your life and ask God if they are there to help you accomplish your calling in life. God is not afraid, He trusts you, now you trust Him!
Proverbs 3:5-6New International Version (NIV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.