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God is tired of excuses; replace them with faith

HARPER-BARBARA-SIG-NEWExodus 3:7-15 New International Version (NIV)

“The LORD said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey – the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’

“And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’

“Moses said to God, ‘Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?’

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’

“God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD,  the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever, he name you shall call me from generation to generation.”

Exodus 4:10-12 New International Version (NIV)

“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.’

“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?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’”

The relationship between God and Moses begins as God confronts Moses with a mission. Did Moses accept the mission with bold faith? No, he didn’t. This relationship began with excuses. It began with excuses that needed to be replaced with actions.

Excuse # 1 – “I’m not qualified,” Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11). When Moses was in Egypt of his own accord he wanted to become the deliverer of God’s people, but the scripture indicates he is now unsure. God wants us to lose our pride and rely on Him. God can’t use you until you have tried to serve Him your own way and failed. God loves to use your failures as He shapes you into a stronger person.  It’s through your failures that God is often getting you ready for something bigger and more brilliant.

Excuse #2- “I don’t know enough.” God says, “I’ll be with you.” (Exodus 3:12). But Moses’ excuses continue. Moses ask God, “Suppose I say to the Israelites, ’The God of your Fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ’What is His Name?’ What shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13).  God tells Moses, “Understand it’s not about how much you know, but rather it’s about who I am.” Some people are guilty of doing exactly what Moses did if they focus on themselves instead of God. They want all the answers up front. But, that’s not faith.

Excuse #3- “I don’t have the ability.” Moses wants to turn away from God’s will and God’s plan by declaring that he is slow of speech. God ask, “Who made man’s mouth? Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:11) What is the good news for us today? It is that the same all-powerful God that has control over all people who has assured us that His power can work in our lives when we’re doing His will. So what is God calling you to do? What excuse can you replace with a faith-based action? How would you respond to God if He came to you and said, “I have an awesome mission for you to accomplish”? What would your response be? Would you jump at the chance or would you give excuses?

All excuses are not bad. They can be valid and reasonable if your intentions and motives are pure and if they’re genuinely based upon what you believe to be the truth in that given circumstance. You need to examine yourself and determine the motive and content. Why? Because you could be losing out on God’s desired plan for your life. You can’t run from God in the bad/trying times and hide behind excuses. Excuses can be roadblocks that inhibit your relationship with God. People need to replace excuses with faith. Is God calling you? Are you on a walk of faith that is requiring a change? Whatever it is, exchange your excuses for a “Yes” to God.  Amen.

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