When Moses doubted his own qualifications to be God’s man of the hour, God gave him power to perform miracles and a side-kick to do the talking. God’s mission is so important that he has already foreseen every roadblock you can think of and solved them on the fly…
1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second.
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.”
11 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.”
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.
Exodus 4:1, 8, 10, 11, 13-16
Moses was doubtful. He wasn’t sure they were going to listen to him when he got to Egypt. And he wasn’t sure of his own qualifications for the ministry challenge ahead of him. Sound familiar?
I’ve been in this situation, haven’t you? God has an assignment for you and you are small in your own eyes. And you serve a big God. That’s the cycle. God will see us through the missions he sends us on. There is no question about it, except in our minds.
God gave Moses several powerful signs to use in convincing the Egyptians. They turned Moses into a holy magician. He was a miracle worker full of God’s power. And still it wasn’t enough.
Pardon me, Lord, but please send someone else…
That’s it, isn’t it? Send someone else. I’m not called to go to Africa. I’m not called to teach Sunday School. I’m not. I’m not. I’m not…
And the Lord’s anger burned. At Moses. At me. For putting my will over his will, and for putting my doubts before his power. And he won’t let me off the hook.
God had Aaron already on the journey to come and see Moses so he could join him in his mission. Because God’s mission happens. And as much as we object and doubt, he will equip and empower.
What mission has God placed in front of you?