Total Pageviews

Friday, May 20, 2011

Brutal honesty...

"But he said, 'Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever you will.'"--Exodus 4:13.  This is the 4th and final excuse Moses offers.  Moses is out of excuses at this point. So he just breaks down and basically says he does not want to go to Egypt to bring Israel out of bondage.  This is of course coming off the excuse that Moses is not an adequate speaker for whatever reason.  God's reaction though? Exodus 4:14 says the anger of the Lord burned against Moses.  God eliminates Moses' excuse once and for all but not before Moses is brutally honest with God in the given passage.

Brutal honesty.  At this point Moses had made 3 excuses as to why he is not the man for the job, he first asks "Who am I?", then "What if they don't believe me?", then "I am of slow of speech and slow of tongue." But based on Exodus 3:13, we see the real reason Moses was giving these excuses.  He flat out did not want to do the job.

Brutal honesty.  Ever had this happen to you? You ask someone to do something and it seems they give you every excuse in the book as to why they can't do it.  And the underlying reason is simply because they never wanted to do what it is you have asked in the first place.

Brutal honesty.  Irritating isn't it when this happens? Maybe makes you even a little angry? Well we need to ask ourselves, doesn't it make God angry when we are presented with the opportunity to bring someone "out of Egypt" and we come up with every excuse we can simply because we do not want take the time or step out of our comfort zone to share the gospel message with someone.

Brutal honesty. Well God asked Moses to do something and God was not going to change His mind even if Moses did not want to do it. We may run into times where maybe we don't want to step out of our comfort zone to share the gospel with someone.  But we need to get past that attitude.

Brutal honesty.  So my encouragement to you is this.  Next time your faced with an opportunity to share the gospel with someone and you feel inclined to make an excuse as to why you don't take the opportunity, remember Exodus 4:14 and ask yourself if the Lord's anger is not burning against you for said excuses. But also remember Exodus 4:15-17 which I have not mentioned yet.  Here we find that in order to eliminate Moses' speech excuse, God would send Aaron, Moses' brother with Moses to be a mouthpiece for Moses. So do not just think of God's reaction but also realize that if perhaps you are not quite sure what to do when you share the gospel or study the Bible someone, take along one of your fellow brethren in Christ.  This can be a huge help.

Finally, if you have passed up opportunities in the past to bring someone "Out of Egypt", take some time to reflect on those times and be brutally honest with yourself and ask yourself why you passed those opportunities up and see how you can get past those excuses in the future.


No comments:

Post a Comment