Go, and…

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

Exodus 4:12

In Exodus 3 and 4 God is miraculously speaking to Moses through the burning bush and is calling him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  Moses tries to offer excuse after excuse as to why he can’t do it.  In verse 10 of chapter 4, he tries the excuse that he is “not eloquent” and is “slow of speech”.  God shoots down this excuse in the next verse with the pointed question: “Who hath made man’s mouth?”.  I wonder how Moses felt after hearing that.  We often come up with what we think are great excuses for not doing what the Lord has commanded us.  But, in reality, an excuse is just another sinful way of questioning God. 

Where God calls, he equips.  In verse 12, the Lord tells Moses again, “Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say”.  Notice that the going comes before the teaching.  If we will obey God and do what He commands, He will teach us and equip us as needed.  We must step out by faith and follow Him.  Our job is to go.  He has promised to be with us and to help us.  Are we following him in obedience by faith and going, or are we sitting on the sidelines, stubbornly clinging to flimsy excuses? We need to obey Him- He will not send us alone!

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