Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Saturday, 25 January 20:
Exodus 4:12-14 – “’Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.’ But he said, ‘Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.’ Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, ‘Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well.’”
Previously, God said to Abraham, “Go.” Go where? “To a place that I will show you.” In today’s readings, God says to Moses, “Go, and I…. will teach you….” God’s way is to take us out of our comfort zone, to call us for assignments we can’t do without Him, assignments we don’t see as possible, and He doesn’t lay the plan out for us, tell us what is going to happen next, or remove all the obstacles, challenges, and adversaries along the way. He takes His people on a journey of faith and expects us to trust Him so that we, and everyone else who is paying attention, can see Him and His power, not so people can see how great we are. When God gives us an impossible task which “would take a miracle” to accomplish, we might be tempted to say, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” But don’t anger the Lord this way, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the power of God in your life in a real, personal way and to grow closer to Him and more confident in Him through the journey. “Without faith it is impossible to please him….” (Hebrews 11:6)
Moses is given a great assignment from God He simply doesn’t want to accept, so God allows Moses to include Aaron. As we will read, Aaron will remain a thorn in Moses’ side throughout Moses’ ministry. Aaron will lead a great rebellion against God and cause the needless death of many (the Golden Calf). Had Moses simply walked in faith, Aaron would have never entered the picture. As you continue to read about Moses and Aaron, think about what could have been different had Moses trusted in God and not depended on Aaron to help lead. How are you limiting yourself due to a lack of faith and an unwillingness to trust God enough to empower you to do what He told you to do, even though it doesn’t seem to make sense to you?
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 25 Jan 20: Consider what you know God has told you to do but you have put off with various excuses. Pray, trust, and obey today.