MONDAY, JANUARY 14
“… God will surely …”
EXCUSES NOT TO SERVE (I)
The Hebrew slaves (sufficient to form a nation) were crying distressfully for deliverance. God’s plan of forming the nation Israel from which the Saviour would come required that the children of Israel be led out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. God chose Moses to be the leader for this task. But did Moses go?
Moses was so contented being a peaceful shepherd in the laid back desert. Go and see Pharaoh? Lead a huge group of people? That would be asking for trouble. Who am I to ask Pharaoh to let his slaves (that provide free labour) go? This was Moses’ first excuse in a series of excuses. It was good that Moses was humbled now, but to reject God’s call to serve was a different matter. In response to Moses’ reluctance, God patiently promised that He would surely be with Moses. Then came the second excuse: since he did not even know God’s name he had no credibility with the people. In response, God repeated His covenantal name and promised to prove His mandate to Moses. He even foretold that the elders would listen to him (Exod 3:18), and though Pharaoh would want to hold on his Hebrew slaves, yet God would deliver them with miracles. And Moses would lead them out with the many riches of the Egyptians. Moses was to give more excuses later.
Many of us are happy leading a relaxed life, doing what we wish whenever we wish. So, when we are approached to serve, the reasons we give to decline would all seem to sound reasonable or even be truly valid. But deep inside, the true reason is that we do not want to disrupt our peaceful and self-centered lives of ease and comfort. God assures us that His grace is all sufficient (2 Cor 12:9), that He is “… able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph 3:20). Let us search our own hearts and not give excuses when God shows us where He wants us to serve.
THOUGHT: What are my reasons not to serve when approached?
PRAYER: LORD, search my heart and help me not to give excuses.