Please, Lord…Send Someone Else!

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S (Scripture): Exodus 4:10 Moses said to the Lord, “My Lord, I’ve never been able to speak well, not yesterday, not the day before, and certainly not now since you’ve been talking to your servant. I have a slow mouth and a thick tongue.”

11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who gives people the ability to speak? Who’s responsible for making them unable to speak or hard of hearing, sighted or blind? Isn’t it I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I’ll help you speak, and I’ll teach you what you should say.”

13 But Moses said, “Please, my Lord, just send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord got angry at Moses and said, “What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak very well. He’s on his way out to meet you now, and he’s looking forward to seeing you. 15 Speak to him and tell him what he’s supposed to say. I’ll help both of you speak, and I’ll teach both of you what to do. 16 Aaron will speak for you to the people. He’ll be a spokesperson for you, and you will be like God for him. 17 Take this shepherd’s rod with you too so that you can do the signs.”

O (Observation): God was asking Moses to speak to the Pharaoh to tell the Pharaoh to let God’s people go. Moses was scared of this prospect. He was terrified to speak! Even with the signs God equipped him with. Moses still says: “Please, my Lord, just send someone else!”

The wise and mighty and great Moses…not starting his ministry off on a good note, is he?

But God promises Aaron, anyway. Aaron will speak. God still provides despite being disappointed in Moses.

A (Application): How many times have you quoted Moses? How many times have I?

Please, my Lord, send someone else!

[Sigh]

God doesn’t always release me, but sometimes I am released. When I am not released, God sends me my “helper” like God sent sent Aaron to Moses.

I’m in good company. If Moses began with “not it!” then maybe my ministry ain’t so bad after all. Maybe I’m doing all right. Maybe it’s okay to be scared and afraid and not sure of myself. Because God is sure. That’s all I need. That’s all anybody needs.

What are you struggling with today? Where is God calling you to be a voice for the oppressed and distressed?

P (Prayer): Lord, provide for me, yet again. Forgive me when I try to avoid my cross. Amen.

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