God’s appearance to Moses on Mt. Horeb in a burning bush is one of the many fascinating biblical events we still “enjoy” telling today. God called Moses to deliver His people from their Egyptian oppression. Notice how the bush was never consumed by the fire, yet Moses wilted at God’s call.
Excuse #1—Who am I?
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11
Excuse #2—What will I say?
“If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ And they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” Exodus 3:13
Excuse #3—It won’t work!
“But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” Exodus 4:1
Excuse #4—I just can’t do it!
“Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since You have spoken to Your servant, but I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10
God’s Reaction to Moses’ Excuses
“Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses…” Exodus 4:14
How empty Moses’ excuses were. How foolish for Moses to think that God would command him to do something of which he was not capable. God would be with Moses and Aaron would be his spokesman. Silly Moses!
Would we ever offer such excuses to God? More specifically, DO we ever offer such excuses to God?
We know we should not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think (Rom. 12:3), but do we sometimes think more “lowly” of ourselves than we ought? In doing that, we offer excuses to God, to others and to ourselves that we cannot or won’t do the things God has called us to do. We are “called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
The instructions of Heb. 13:1-6 about how we are to live our lives is set upon God’s assurance: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Let’s not be foolish in making excuses why we can’t live as God has called us to live.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…” (Rom. 1:18). “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Cor. 16:13-14).