July 12, 2015: Anyone But Me!

Posted on : Jul 9th, 2015 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Imagine this: You’re entering into the last years of your life and God appears to you and says, “I need you to help me. I have something really important for you to do for me, and it could be life threatening. Nonetheless, I have chosen you. I have faith in you.” What would you say?

Interestingly enough, we human-types always want God to do everything for us, usually immediately. But what about when “the shoe is on the other foot?” What about when God asks something of us? How quick are we to act?

That is the situation we encounter this Sunday in our faith journey through Exodus. Two weeks ago we heard the story of God appearing to Moses and speaking with him through the burning bush. We continue with that story this Sunday.

Most of us today think of Moses as this great leader who acted on behalf of God and got Pharaoh to “let my people go.” And then Moses led the people of God on a forty year journey through the wilderness.

The part of this story that we often miss is that Moses is as hesitant to respond to God’s call as most of us are today. Moses came up with just about every excuse he could think of. Two of my favorites are, “God you know I am not an eloquent speaker! I stammer and trip over my own words! Why don’t you choose someone who is more eloquent, like my brother, Aaron! And my all-time fav, “O my God, please send someone else.” Anyone but me, God!

The great moral of this story is that God is not persuaded. God sees in Moses that which Moses doesn’t see in himself. The same is true for each of us today. God sees in us that which we don’t see in ourselves. God believes in us, even when we lose faith in ourselves. God trusts us even when we don’t trust God. So, before you think you can’t or there is no divine purpose in your life, think about this encounter that Moses has with God.

More on Sunday.




 ~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Exodus 4: 1-17

The story of God’s call to Moses – and his reluctance to do what God asks of him.

Then Moses answered, ‘But suppose they do not believe me or listen to me, but say, “God did not appear to you.” ’ God said to Moses, ‘What is that in your hand?’ Moses said, ‘A staff.’ And God said, ‘Throw it on the ground.’ So Moses threw the staff on the ground, and it became a snake; and Moses drew back from it. Then God said to Moses, ‘Reach out your hand, and seize it by the tail’—so Moses reached out his hand and grasped it, and it became a staff in his hand— ‘so that they may believe that I, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.’

Again, God said to Moses, ‘Put your hand inside your cloak.’ Moses put his hand into his cloak; and when he took it out, his hand was leprous, as white as snow. Then God said, ‘Put your hand back into your cloak’—so Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored like the rest of his body — ‘If they will not believe you or heed the first sign, they may believe the second sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or heed you, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.’

But Moses said to God, ‘I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’ Then God said to Moses, ‘Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, your God? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.’ But Moses said, ‘O my God, please send someone else.’

Then the anger of God was kindled against Moses and God said, ‘What of your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he can speak fluently; even now he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you his heart will be glad. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. He indeed shall speak for you to the people; he shall serve as a mouth for you, and you shall serve as God for him. Take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.’

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