Never quit would be the Lord’s warning for you. Age is not an excuse. Moses was eighty when God spoke to him at the Burning Bush. Age didn’t matter in God’s eyes. But, Moses used the excuse that he lacked speaking ability. In his opinion, words didn’t flow out of his mouth smoothly or eloquently. Below is the list of Moses’ excuses. Can you identify with any?
Moses thought about what God was telling him and considered that he could not do this? Who am I that I should talk with Pharaoh (Exodus 3:11)? Pharaoh will ask, “Who sent me?” Then You want me to say, “I AM” sent me (3:14). Why should he believe me (4:1)? He doesn’t know You.
God said, okay, let’ give this stubborn ruler some proof. Now, Moses, throw your rod on the ground. I’ll turn it into a snake (4:3). Then, you can pick it up by its tail to restore it to a rod again. If Pharaoh is still unconvinced, put your hand inside your cloak. It will become diseased. Then, put it in again so that it will be healed (4:6,7). Now, Moses gives his favorite excuse—I’m not eloquent (4:10a) and I’m slow in speaking”(4:10b). God answers, “I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say (4:12 NKJV).
You may be bold and ask, “God, Who am I?” I don’t know what to say, just like Moses thousands of years ago. Remember, Jesus always returns with the same answer: I am “the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV).”
Our Lord has a way of empowering all His children. Whatever God wants you to do, He can enable you. Remember this: He lives to use you for His glory. Moses realized God could and would fulfill all His instructions to the last detail. We should, too!
God still enables His believers today to speak up. Your excuses are just that, excuses. Reasons not to trust God. When you commit yourself to step out by faith and pursue the Lord’s will, you will find the Lord is with you all the way. An interesting point: God sent Aaron to assist Moses at the Burning Bush area. Then, God relocated Moses 200-plus miles to fulfill his mission of leading Israel out of Egypt.
God always supplies the needs to accomplish His instructions. Your mission may be next door, in another state, or even in another country. One thing is for sure, God will be with you, and God will see you through. All for His glory. Not yours!