“Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Exodus 4:13
Moses had a dramatic call, drawn to meet with God by a burning bush. There, on that holy ground, he found out that he also had a dramatic job. God told him to go to Pharoah and demand the release of the Israelites.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a gulp-inducing job to me. I completely understand Moses’ hesitation. He has quite a list of reasons why God has the wrong guy for the job. He runs through them, without much luck, before finally just coming right out and asking, in the verse listed above, for God to find somebody else.
See, Moses is quite aware of his short-comings; he can easily see how this plan of God’s won’t work. “Don’t you know,” I imagine him wanting to ask God, “who I am, the mistakes I have made, and how bad this plan is?”
But God’s answers are telling — Moses had kind of missed the point. God’s response is “Don’t you know who I Am?”
I get scared sometimes (okay, a lot of times) when I think of the things God has called or is calling me to do. Like Moses, I want to point out all the reasons why I’m not good enough, strong enough, eloquent enough or smart enough. And you know what, I’m right! I’m not. But God is. And He promises to go with me, to never leave me or forsake me. The cool thing is that He gives us these jobs and then totally equips us and strengthens us, provided we admit that we need Him and allow Him to work through us.
I am thankful that the Great I Am still calls. I am thankful that He is ever faithful and true, that He is as powerful today as He was on that mountain, and that He will keep the promise of Exodus 4:11-12:
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
My prayer is that rather than asking God to find someone else, I will respond like Isaiah in Isaiah 6:8:
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”