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Excuses

14 May 2019
‘Who am I that I should go…?’

Ever found yourself making a load of excuses to avoid doing something you know you should really be doing? At some point in our lives, we’ve probably all come up with reasons why we shouldn’t have to do the thing we’ve been asked to do. And sometimes that can be something God’s asked us to do. When He calls us to do something for Him, things like fear of the unknown, fear of failure, and not feeling good enough can all stop us from taking that step out of our comfort zones and following His will. When God speaks to us, and tells us what He’d love us to do, we have a choice to make. We either make a commitment or make an excuse. When God asked Moses to represent the Israelites in front of Pharaoh, he came up with a whole range of excuses. First he said: ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ (Exodus 3:11 NIV). Then he added: ‘What if they do not believe me or listen to me’ (Exodus 4:1 NIV). Here he was experiencing fear of failure. Then finally, he said: ‘I am slow of speech and tongue’ (Exodus 4:10 NIV). But for each excuse, God gave Moses reassurance. God promised to be with him, to help him, and to give him power. If God’s telling us to do something, we need to take His hand and move forward in faith. We don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to play our part in God’s kingdom. So let’s stop making excuses and trust Him to help us to do whatever He’s asking of us.

 

What Now?

Read through Exodus 3 and 4. In one colour write down the excuses that Moses made. Underneath each excuse, using a different colour, write down God’s response.

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