“He answered, ‘I will certainly be with you, and this will be the sign to you that I am the one who sent you: when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will all worship God at this mountain’ “- Exodus 3:12 CSB
There is a call, always made by God, often unanswered by His children. This call is never made without God having accomplished some kind of preparation in His children. God is always preparing you for something. He’s preparing you right now, for now, for the next moment and the door He will open in your life. This preparation is always progressive and designed to prepare you for your next assignment. All your trials may seem meaningless, painful, and even frustrating but God allows them as part of your preparation for the ultimate call He has on your life.
But how do you respond when God calls you on a new assignment? Our key verse comes from Exodus 3 where Moses receives the call from God through his burning bush experience. In this passage, God calls Moses to step into his purpose… to answer the call. But the great and courageous leader that you know about, that confident leader who split the Red Sea with his staff, was not the Moses who answered God that day. There was a different Moses before the plagues, before the Red Sea experience. And this Moses is full of excuses.
When God calls Moses to go speak to the children of Israel, to deliver them from the hands of Pharaoh and to stand up to the Egyptian king, Moses does not run fiercely into his mission. Instead, he tries to give God four seemingly good reasons why God should not send him:
- But God, I don’t know who I should say sent me, maybe you ought to send someone who can introduce you properly. *
“Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” – Exodus 3:13 NIV
- But God, what if they don’t believe me? They won’t listen to me. They won’t believe that you appeared to me, especially not as a burning bush, how ridiculous will that sound? *
“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” – Exodus 4:1
- But God, I am not eloquent… you know I have some speech impairment. I will be ridiculed… I’ll just end up ridiculing you all together. *
“Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” – Exodus 4:10
- Sorry God, I’m really not the right man for this job, why don’t you send someone else? *
“But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” – Exodus 4:13
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Moses was looking for every possible reason not to answer God’s call but God made it clear that he was the chosen one, called for a purpose, saved to be raised by Pharaoh’s daughter, groomed for this very moment.
Has God called you into a new season or a new assignment? How will you answer the call? Will you find all the reasons why you do not qualify for the job or will you embrace the one reason why you are perfect for the task at hand? One reason is all you need: God is calling you and if He’s calling you, don’t look to yourself but to Him for strength, courage, and power to do what He has called you and prepared you for.
When you doubt whether God is calling you or whether the timing is right, you can make one of two choices: withdraw and run away out of fear or draw closer out of curiosity like Moses did when he saw the burning bush.
Friend, every moment of your life was meant to prepare you in some way for such a time as this one…to be able to answer the call. God is not afraid of your weaknesses and He does not care about your excuses. What you consider your weakness is the very thing God will use to glorify Himself. The reasons you think disqualify you for the task are the very reasons God wants to use you. However, answering the call is your choice. God will not force it upon you. So will you keep declining the call or will you answer boldly like Isaiah and say “Here am I. Send me!” How will you answer the call today?
O King of kings, I have heard your call and I want to faithfully follow the path you lay out before me. I confess that I feel insecure and unsure of this new journey you want me on but I’m choosing to trust you. Please give me the courage and strength to carry out boldly the mission you have for me. May I always walk in faith. Help me to always believe bigger and always trust your timing, your ways, and your plans. In Jesus’ name, Amen.