Monday, February 04, 2019

What if you just said OK?

This is a very interesting conversation between God and Moses found in Exodus 4  (as you read it remember that this happened AFTER the burning bush, after Moses asked God for a sign and God showed Moses that he could turn his staff into a servant and after he gave Moses instant leprosy on his hand and then healed it immediately).

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.”
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.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses.
You know what happened next.  God said, “Ok, fine.  I’ll have Aaron your brother help you.”

But what if Moses would have said OK?  He would have had the opportunity to watch God transform him from a person who saw himself as a bumbling idiot, into a magnificent orator.   But instead he said, “please get someone else to do it.”

I wonder what kind of life Moses would have been able to have had he said OK.   He already got to do some really cool things with the help of Aaron, and watched God do miracles outside of him, but he missed the miracle God wanted to do within him.

 God calls us to do things not because He can’t find someone else to do it, but because He wants to do something IN US.   

So next time, why not just say “OK” instead of asking God to send someone else. You never know what might happen!

Check out the Wesleyan covenant prayer.  If you pray it, hang on.... you may be in for a most excellent ride.

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

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