“But Moses replied to the Lord, ‘Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent—either in the past or recently or since you have been speaking to your servant—because my mouth and my tongue are sluggish.’ The Lord said to him, ‘Who placed a mouth on humans? Who makes a person mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say.’” Exodus 4:10-12
God called Moses and gave him a specific command: lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But that wasn’t quite enough for Moses. He gave a few excuses as to why he shouldn’t be the one, to which God gave miraculous signs and words of assurance. And yet, Moses came with one more excuse: “I can’t. I am not able to obey your command.”
We may read this passage and think to ourselves, “How foolish! If I had experienced what Moses did, I would obey instantly.” But is that true?
God spoke to us through his Word, giving commands, promises, and accounts of astounding miracles. Yet, how often do we say something like the following: I’m not gossiping—I’m sharing helpful information. I can’t help but go a little too far with my boyfriend—I love him so much. I am too timid to share the Gospel with nonbelievers. I don’t know how to serve well. Friend, we are often no better than Moses—we make excuses each day why we can’t obey God’s revealed will.
Thankfully, we have a Savior who never made excuses.
Jesus fulfilled the law perfectly. He left the glory of heaven to be hated and beaten by sinful man. He bore the wrath of God we deserved. If anyone had a valid excuse, it was him. He did not deserve to suffer. He was under no compulsion to save us. Yet, he did without excuse. Because of this, we will be raised to resurrected life with him to spend eternity in heaven.
We are called by God to obedience—not to save ourselves, but to glorify him. And he has graciously given the Holy Spirit and his Word to enable us. We have no excuse. Let’s bow in humble obedience to our King.
Dear God, please forgive my sinful heart that often makes excuses as to why I shouldn’t or can’t obey you. Help me to stop making excuses and obey you fully. Help me to lean on the Holy Spirit to give me strength and courage to do what you have called me to.
Is there a command in your life you have been making excuses for? Examine your heart today and seek to obey God even in that way.