Today you should read: Exodus 4
What holds you back? Back from seeing miracles in your life? Back from God using you in an unbelievable way in the lives of others? Back from God’s richest blessings on you and through you?
For many of us it’s the same as it was for Moses in the chapter: fear. We’re afraid of what may happen, afraid of what others may think or say, maybe even afraid of the consequences of stepping up to God’s calling on our lives.
Moses allowed fear to rob him of the blessing of being the one God would use completely on his own, empowered by God’s hand. God told Moses to go to the people of Israel and to Pharaoh and God would use him to lead the people out of the land. Moses’ fear got in the way.
Moses protested to God…
1) What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? (v.1a)
2) What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’? (v.1b)
GOD RESPONDS: By turning his staff into a snake, his hand leprous, and water into blood.
3) Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” (v.10)
GOD RESPONDS: Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? (v.11)
4) But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else. (v.13)
Then the LORD became angry with Moses. “Alright,” He said. And God uses Aaron to do what He called Moses to do.
I wonder what blessing Moses missed because of his spirit of fear and disobedience through it. But what about you and me? What opportunities does fear rob from us? Opportunities to share Jesus? To take a faith step? To see God do unbelievable things in and through us?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And, don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 2 Timothy 1:7-8
What are you afraid of? Confess that fear to God today and follow Him.
It makes me think of an old Steven Curtis Chapman’s song…
Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure
Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for
We’ll travel over, over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams
Church, let’s get the saddles out and leave the fear behind today.
Posted by: Tim Parsons