But Moses Protested

Our church and small group has been using The Story to study the historical stories of the Bible. We went through Moses a few weeks back and I couldn’t understand why I seemed to not be able to stop thinking about that story. I attributed that to the fact I had heard the message about that story twice in one week and then added small group for a total of three times in one week. I figured that was coincidence. I think I figured wrong.

(When I was younger, I decided that if something happened three times, it must be from God. Clearly, God does not abide by my rules, but sometimes he does need to speak to me several times before I hear him and I think he knows this.)

In Exodus 3 when God is calling Moses, Moses comes up with all sorts of excuses:

11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”

13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”

This continues to Exodus 4:

1 But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”

10 But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

13 But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.”

How frustrated the Lord must have been at this point. But it took this constant breaking down for the real issue to be brought to light: Moses did not want to go. He was not being honest with himself or with God until he was left with no other option but to face his truth. How heartbreaking of a truth to realize that God has promised to be with you, that God has addressed all of your worries, that God has performed miracles just to show you who he is and then admit that you do not want to go with God for his purpose that he is calling you to.

That’s where I have been and perhaps where I am. The Lord has been breaking down all of my excuses. He brought me to a point of realizing that when I had no more excuses, I was really saying, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” It is comfortable to be in the background and the shadows and to live your daily life. It is easy to get lost in the current moment of life. But it is heartbreaking to realize that you are choosing to stay in that moment in your life and are refusing to adjust your living to God’s will and his call for your life.

But God is good. And He loves us too much to leave us where we are. He keeps calling. He keeps pursuing us in a love relationship.

there is light in the darkness. there is good amongst the broken.


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