An Appropriate Response To Authority

light-in-the-darkness-chinaGod has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light to engage in the process of expanding His kingdom in this world (1 Peter 2:9, 11). How have you responded? What has been the confession of your life? Let’s take a brief look at the life of Moses and see what we can glean.

After Moses killed an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew slave (Exodus 2:11-12), he fled Egypt and lived on the back side of the desert for 40 years. While tending sheep near the mountain of God, Moses saw a bush that was burning . . . yet would not burn up. When he drew near to see this strange, supernatural event, the Lord God spoke to him, which must have seemed even more strange and supernatural than the burning bush! God called Moses to deliver God’s people out of their bondage in Egypt.

And what was the response of Moses to the Almighty?

Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” . . . Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” (Exodus 4:10, 13)

Moses was full of excuses for not answering the call of God in his life. “Who am I” . . . “I am slow of speech” . . . and “Send someone else to do it” were his ways of saying “I CAN’T!” and “I WON’T!”

And how did God answer His troubled deliverer?

The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:11-12)

God answered Moses then the same way He answers us today. When God calls us into service, He equips us for that service. The calling of God presupposes the equipping and preparing of God; we simply need to answer His call and go in His strength. God gave Moses everything he needed to get the job done. From providing Moses with his staff to enlisting the service of his brother Aaron, God sent Moses off into Egypt in His strength to complete the service He had called Moses to perform.

So . . . what is God calling you to today? What excuses have you made for not answering that call? Trusting in God and leaning not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) will turn every “I CAN’T” into “I CAN” and every “I WON’T” into “Here am I. SEND ME!” This is the only appropriate response to the Almighty.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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