Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.
And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
So Moses was taking care of his father-in-law Jethro’s sheep. He had been there for a while because he was on the run from Egypt after having murdered an Egyptian who was harassing an Israelite. I am sure it had been a comfortable stay with Jethro…I mean, Jethro had insisted that his daughters make Moses feel welcome when he first got there, more than likely as a way to thank Moses for being so kind to them when they were being mistreated at the well. Not only did Jethro invite Moses to his house, but he gave Moses his daughter, Zipporah, to marry! That alone probably made the difficult years ahead worth the trouble.
So one day, Moses happens upon a bush that was on fire. The bush burned, but did not burn up. Next thing Moses knows, he hears his name coming out of the bush! “Moses, Moses!” called the voice of God from the bush. Moses said, “Here I am.” God told Moses, “Don’t come any closer! Take your shoes off. The ground on which you stand is holy ground.” There is so much meat in that scenario that I do not have time to deal with at this moment, but the one thing that I love about this directive is that God made Moses purify himself by taking his dirty shoes off while standing in the presence of the holy God. We live in an age where we come into the presence of God in any manner in which we choose. There is no reverence for God at all…not even in the church. It appears that the church is the most irreverent of all entities. It breaks my heart. I am sure it breaks God’s heart also.
God then proceeds to tell Moses that He knows about the suffering of the Israelites, and because of that, He is going to send Moses to Pharaoh to tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go. I can hear Moses now, in our twenty-first century vernacular saying to God, “Seriously? Me? Who am I that I should confront Pharaoh? And by the way, when I tell the Israelites what is happening, by whose authority should I say this is happening?” God’s reply was “Tell them ‘I AM THAT I AM’ sent you.”
Moses, being the typical human, didn’t settle for that answer. His next excuse was, “They are not going to believe me. They will say that You did not send me.” God continued to look past Moses’ objections and suggests to him that he has the tools to perform miracles in front of his audience. I imagine that Moses was desperate by now to come up with a good enough excuse to get out of what God was calling him to do, so he probably said to God, “Ok, here’s the thing. I am not a good public speaker. I struggle to get my thoughts together in front of a crowd. And I stutter. My tongue gets twisted. My brain works fast, but my mouth can’t keep up. I am not a good choice for a spokesperson.” At this point, if I were God, I would have been annoyed, and I actually detect a note of sarcasm in God’s voice when He says to Moses “Who made your mouth?” In other words, if I created it, then I can make it work properly! Verse 14 of this chapter says “And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said, “Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.” Basically, God told Moses that Aaron would be Moses’ spokesperson.
The long and short of this story is that God was so long-suffering with Moses. Moses gave the God of the universe three excuses as to why he should not be the one who went to Pharaoh to gain the Israelites’ freedom. Obviously God knew that Moses would try to squirm his way out of it, but He called Moses anyway. God knew the excuses Moses would come up with, but He called Moses anyway. God knows the excuses that we will come up with, but He calls us anyway.
Has God called you to a difficult place? Has He given you a directive that you cannot wrap your mind around? Do you think that you are the LAST person God should be calling to do the job that you have been given? Do you look at your shortcomings and think that they will be hindrances? I am here to tell you that I am the least of anyone that God should call for anything, but He sees what abilities that He has placed in me, and He has called me to glorify Him with those abilities.
I sometimes think like Moses. I think that I am not the one that anyone is going to believe. As a matter of fact, I remember a few years ago when God called me to lead a group of ladies in a Bible study. Every lady in the group was old enough to be my mother. I thought, God, these women do not want to hear from me! God, in His lovingkindness, ignored my objections, placed me in that group, and blessed me so abundantly with the love and support of the ladies in my group. Sometimes I think that my speech is not “good enough”. I am sometimes self-conscious because, since I have been out of the workforce for thirteen years now, I feel that my vocabulary has suffered. I think that sometimes I stumble over my words, and that is not a good feeling. I have, however, noticed how God uses my mouth when He gives me a message to deliver. I remember once in the doctor’s office, when the Lord laid it at my charge to witness to one of the office staff. Normally, I would have gotten nervous and my thoughts would have been all jumbled up, but God gave me clear verbalization of His truth and used my mouth to deliver that truth that morning, to a woman who was raised in the Hindu religion. God had prepared her heart for what He would say through me, even though in my flesh, I felt so unworthy to even speak His Name.
All that said, I want to encourage every Moses out there that God has an Aaron for you. He will speak through you, or he will use you as He speaks through another mouthpiece, but the point is that you cannot allow yourself to not be “usable” because of your own selfish, prideful excuses. God made your mouth. God made you! He equips everyone that He calls. If He has called you, go right up to Pharaoh, and say to him definitively, “LET MY PEOPLE GO!”