I smile when I read some portions of Scripture.
You see, they tear into me, reminding this old boy of times when the Lord and I would get into a debate. I always lost and should have known better. Moses debated the Lord and lost. I guess that to be my consolation. Let’s visit their discussion in Exodus 3.
A reminder! Moses was left in a basket of reeds as a result of Pharaoh’s decree to kill all Jewish babies. Pharaoh’s daughter came to take a bath in that area, heard the baby’s cries, took him home and brought him up like an Egyptian.
Blood of an Israelite flowing through Moses veins, when he saw an Egyptian endeavoring to kill an Israelite, he killed the Egyptian, and naturally had to put on his running shoes!
While pasturing the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, he saw a burning bush, from which an angel of the Lord appeared. Obviously, it was the Lord Himself! Then we read: “The Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.”
“Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Moses belittles himself for a lack of words, (v13) with fitness, (v14) with authority, (4:1) with power of speech, (4:10) and special adaptation. (v4:13) God still uses men with all our weaknesses.
Moses was so intent about the things that he lacked; he forgot that it was the Lord who was going to enable him. Sometimes we have to be hit with a 2×4 or its equivalent. Moses, like many of us, was forgetting that it was God who chooses to empower us for the assignment He sends us on, and that we forget also that He has spoken and He intends to enable us for His assignment.
Our reluctance to tackle assignments from God is simply because we look in the mirror, see ourselves, and are prone to the weaknesses as over against the Strength of Our Savior.
Like Moses, I cannot – He can! Never forget – He delights in using His Servants to accomplish His assignments. Let us repeat: “I can’t? He can!”