A man like you | Moses

The things that Moses did.
Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt with wonders on his heel. The hand of God was mighty upon him to the calling down of hail, and the killing of the firstborn children of Egypt and the parting of the red sea with all the Egyptian army drowning in it. He got water to flow out of a rock.
He led the stiff-necked Israelites through the wilderness and spent days wrapped in the glory of God, ‘so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance’.

And Moses was a man like you. Not only because he had just one head like you, but he had his struggles and attributes we’d usually not celebrate.
One of these is seen during his first encounter with God.
He was a man of excuses.

Exodus 4
When God had given him an instruction to go into Egypt and lead the Israelites out, his three responses were two excuses and an outright refusal.
Excuse Number 1 – The People Excuse
‘The people will not believe me. The people will not listen to me. The people will say that you have not appeared unto me’
Does this in anyway sound like you? Let’s break it down.
Maybe you are one of those who worries about what people would think of you if you stand up and talk. Maybe, like Moses, ‘everyone’ knows you’re a murderer. Or a failure at everything you do. Or a lazy bum. Or a wild disorganized being. Or whatever it is that you have done or impression of you that exists.
Whatever it is. Maybe that’s why you are worried that no one would believe you. That they’ll call you a hypocrite, a wannabe, or someone that just wants to ‘sell market’. They’ll say you’re not the first person to do it.
While I could easily say that you should not be worried about people, God takes a different approach. And gives Moses three answers.
First, He asked, ‘What is that in your hand?’
We use this passage a lot to motivate people to action. You can only make something of what you have. And we tell ourselves to start from where we are. And this is without a doubt the truth.
But in answering his question of how the people would believe him, God gave him a sign that Jesus would later make clearer when He said ‘by their fruit, you’ll know them’ (Matthew 7:16)
If you’ve ever been worried about people’s reaction or acceptance of your message, this is a key point about ignoring what anyone says.
Like the staff in Moses’ hands, you have a seed in your talent and the resources immediately available to you. And if you let God use it in the way that He wants to, then you don’t need to explain yourself to anyone. You will bear fruits and these will be the proof of who is at work within you.
The second answer came in form of God showing His power to do and to undo.
‘Put your hand in your cloak’ He said. And when Moses had done so and brought out his hand, it became leprous. Just take a minute to imagine what your reaction would have been. While the staff turning to a snake would definitely get me scared, I would’ve screamed my hand off at the sight of its gnarled and ghost white appearance. But God reversed it in the same manner.
And finally, God said that if these two signs didn’t get people to believe, there was a third – turning water to blood.
Of course, Moses came up with another excuse.
In hindsight, the root concern was not in how people would believe that God had sent Moses. It was that Moses himself had yet to believe in God or in himself, as we will discuss when looking at his next excuse.
It may seem absurd that after these two signs and the promise of another, that Moses would still have an excuse, another reason to show that God was crazy for picking him for the job.
But that is a reflection of how many of us are. Despite God’s show of power in our lives, and His assurance of promise to be fulfilled, we keep looking for reasons why the mission should be impossible. Or if possible, definitely not through you.
Most beautiful part about this story is that God kept giving Moses answers and signs to assure him of victory. He does the same today through the Holy Spirit, if we go to Him with our doubts and questions.

Excuse Number 2 – The Adequacy Excuse
The adequacy excuse! This I know well. The feeling that something is missing and you need just a bit more or the right touch to be enough.

And so, in response to the wondrous things he had just witnessed, Moses had a second excuse.

‘Lord, I am not eloquent… I am slow of speech and slow of tongue’

What is your weakness? Do you think you are not that good a writer or a speaker? Your leadership qualities are in doubt. You are not a people person. You’re battling depression. Praying doesn’t come easy for you. You have too many ideas and cannot focus. Or maybe it’s a disease. You are bad at keeping a relationship right?
Oh please, name your weakness, your inadequacy, your mistakes; oh please, name your excuses and the Lord will say:

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5a)

The Psalmist said:

“My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalms 139:15)

God knew your frame of body and your frame of mind before He assigned your talent to you. In fact, He didn’t know your frame first and then give you a life in spite of it; He knit it all together, wonderfully and marvelously.
And so when Moses gave his excuse, the Lord said to him,

“Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? (Exodus 4:11)

God knows you. He knows all those things that you call inadequacies and weaknesses. And He has already prepared a way to glorify Himself through those very things.
Paul wrote about the thorn in his flesh, placed there to keep him from being exalted beyond measure but most importantly, it kept him dependent on Christ.

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9)

More often than not, the things we feel inadequate about are the points of contact for God’s power to manifest in us.
And although we have a myriad of motivational talks about believing in yourself, it is more important to believe in your creator and life planner. And when in doubt about your abilities, go ahead and do it based on His promises to you; that He will never leave you nor forsake you. And even when you try to run, He is there. When you feel like you’re below rock bottom and nearly suffocating under a load of crap, He is there.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7‭-‬10)

Someone else will do it better
And finally, when Moses saw that God had all sides covered, he did what many of us do.

But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of who mever else You may send.” (Exodus 4:13)

He basically told God that since He could obviously use anyone, He should send ‘whomever else’ He may send.

And God got angry. He must have been stunned by the man’s utter disbelief that God knew what he was doing. But He did not leave him hanging. He provided an assistant in Aaron.

I imagine what would have happened if Moses hadn’t continued with his tirade of excuses. Maybe God would have led Aaron to him in another way. Or maybe, more fantastically, Moses would have achieved eloquence in speech when he arrived for the performance of the job!

Are you afraid of the spotlight? Why? Is it the fear of failure, embarrassment, loss of privacy, fear of falling short? Whatsoever it is, best believe that you are not alone. Nothing is new.
God not only has an answer for every doubt and question you have. He has made the provision of all you need to make it happen.

Stop wondering how it will be. You can ask questions. You can ask for help. But you have to get up and just do it.
In the end, it’s not about you, or your abilities. It is about a God who has deemed it fit in His pleasure to send you out for whatsoever it is He has sent you to do.

(Ezekiel 2:1-2)

It is about recognizing that it is in Jesus that you are strengthened and justified for the life you have been called to live. God has been speaking of grace even before the manifestation of Christ. Accept who He has called you to be in Christ.

No more excuses. Go on and do exploits.

The things that Moses did
Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt with wonders on his heel. The hand of God was mighty upon him to the calling down of hail, and the killing of the firstborn children of Egypt and the parting of the red sea with all the Egyptian army drowning in it. He got water o flow out of a rock.
He led the stiff-necked Israelites through the wilderness and spent days wrapped in the glory of God, ‘so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance’.
You are a man like Moses and what’s more, you are under grace; completely.
Oh the mighty things that you will do!

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