Are you willing to be stretched?

This past week in my Bible reading, I have been reading the story of Moses.  His life was certainly full of twists and turns, as well as, up and downs.  If you are familiar at all with Moses, I am sure you recall his experience with the burning bush.  This is recorded in Exodus 3.  God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and told Moses what he was supposed to do, by leading the Israelites out of Egypt.  Now, I doubt that any of us have a burning bush experience.  However, I am certain that God has a purpose and a plan for each one of us.  We just need to be spending time with God to find out what He wants from us.

Unlike Abraham and Peter, Moses did not just take the command of God and step out in faith and go.  No, instead, Moses questioned God’s plan; more specifically, Moses questioned his personal involvement in this plan.  This is seen in the following scriptures.

  • “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'” (Exodus 3:11)
  • “Moses said to God, ‘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)
  • “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)
  • “Moses said to the Lord, ‘O 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)
  • “But Moses said, ‘O Lord, please send someone else to do it.'” (Exodus 4:13)

As I read through these passages and I could not believe that Moses had the gull to argue with God’s plans.  I mean God appeared to Moses and not only laid out the plan, but also had a response for each and every question/excuse that Moses threw at Him.  As I was giving Moses what for, in my mind I started to examine my own life.  How many times when God has called me to do something, I have come up with a multitude of reasons why I am not the right one for the job.  However, I hear the Lord whisper, “trust me, my child, I know the plans I have for you.”  All each and everyone of us needs to do is be obedient to what He is calling us to do. I am not saying it’s always easy.  In fact, sometimes it will stretch us.  But like a rubber band, it has to be stretched to be used.  I challenge each one of us, myself included, to go before God in the coming days and seek His will and plans for our lives.  Find out what direction He wants you to go and then step out leaving the questions, doubts and fears behind and walk in the shelter of the one who called you.

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