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EXCUSES

August 27, 2014

Wednesday

 

Exodus 4:10-14

 

And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. 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.

 

LESSON

 

Rather than inspiring confidence in Moses, God’s commission frightened him. Moses’ claim to be slow of speech (not handicapped, but lacking in eloquence) was a thinly veiled excuse by which Moses hoped to escape his calling. Stephen said Moses was eloquent. Apparently Moses felt he did not have sufficient oratorical ability to persuade the Israelite elders or Pharaoh. God assured Moses that He would enable Him to communicate effectively. Again God reminded Moses that He was the creator.

The Holy Spirit helps you overcome your fear of exceeding your gifts, your physical energies or your family’s ability to cope with extra attention. Moses struggled with such fears until the Lord spoke to him saying, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him speak? Moses was shocked by how God was going to use him. God sees more in us than we see in ourselves. God has a plan to bless us.

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 3:12

 

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