It’s Payback Time When Purpose Hunts You Down
Moses was a great man and his greatness was also evident in the excuses he gave when God instructed him to go back to Egypt. What he did not understand was God is a businessman and is profit conscious.
He had invested heavily in Moses and no excuse was going to rob God of his dividend. Moses grew up a prince in royalty dining with kings and queens, well educated and well read with a passion for justice.
The circumstances at the time of his birth did not qualify Moses for a life of royalty. He was marked for death. Born to slaves parents at a time when newborn boys of Hebrew women were being killed at Pharaoh’s standing order
His mother had the courage to hide him and then when she could no longer hide him, she put him in a small floating basket and sent him down the Nile River.
Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and called him her own. His sister Marian was lurking around and offered to get a maid to help Pharaoh’s daughter look after the baby.
Jochebed became a paid caregiver to her own son unbeknown to Pharoah’s daughter. That was another investment God made in Moses in preparation for his purpose.
Living under the same roof as the man who had ordered his death, not just his but of every Jewish boy born around that time. Yet the same man ensured he had the best of everything including a good education.
Purpose outweighed the order of a king. When death came knocking, purpose diverted its course. God had made an investment too great for the greatest of men to tarnish.
The assignment of delivering the people of Isreal out of bondage was the reason he was alive but when it came time to pay his dividend, just like us when we have survived life and God calls us to purpose, Moses had some excuses up his sleeve.
Giving Excuses is lending a voice to insecurities that can be crippling in fulfilling our God-given purpose.
1) Not good enough
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” -Exodus 3:11
Moses seemed to have settled for life as a shepherd but he was made for more. Being a shepherd was noble but the sheep did not need deliverance. He did not need to be confident to tend his flock. He had to be stretched out of his comfort zone. He had been a shepherd for 40 years, it was the life he had become accustomed to. God understood all of this that’s why his response was “I’ll be with you”.
I understand why Moses said he wasn’t good enough because I feel that same feeling too, often when I am about to take on a new project, I whip out my sexy book of excuses and highlight at least five to convince myself why it wouldn’t work. Giving Excuses is me lending a voice to my insecurities that can be crippling in fulfilling our God-given purpose. He has promised to be with us.
2) I can’t articulate who you are
“Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” -Exodus 3:13
Raised in the palace. Moses was privileged to learn and develop his intelligence. He must have been a well-educated man, and yet he doubted his abilities. But, this call wasn’t about him — it was about God.
In response to his first excuse, God had said to him “I’ll be with you”. God did not need Moses to be confident, all Moses needed to have was Godfidence. God had been preparing him all his life to be his voice to save the Israelites from the tyranny of Pharoah and his excuses of inadequacy weren’t going to let him off the hook.
What If? The double-edged sword that pierces through our golden ideas
3) They may doubt my credibility
“Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.’ ” -Exodus 4:1
What If? The double-edged sword that pierces through our golden ideas, and if we survive the cut, we run for the hills or hide in the shadows. Moses was concerned that the Egyptians may not believe him and his concerns were valid, in this case, he was to approach a potentially hostile group of people.
Regardless of the validity of his concern, God didn’t grant Moses the permission to hide behind his fears. Rather he equipped him with the tools he needed to succeed in his assignment. He showed him signs to increase his confidence by turning a rod into a serpent, and the ability to turn his hand leprous, and then make it whole again, by simply placing it inside his cloak.
4) My speech is flawed
“Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant, but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” -Exodus 4:10
When I think of Moses, I am reassured that we do not need perfection to carry out the perfect work of God. I battle with my flaws and to be honest, I have missed out on some opportunities just because I thought I wasn’t enough. So I can totally relate with Moses on this one.
I believe both are true. God doesn’t call the flawless to do His work. He takes the humble and works His flawless plan through our cracked and broken vessels.
5) I just can’t do it, let me off the hook.
“But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.” -Exodus 4:13
Moses’ concluding excuse is dire. “Please send anyone but me!”
Now God is angry. Imagine you have invested so much in a person you really believe in and they come up with every excuse possible about why they can’t succeed. However, God knew Moses was more than enough to carry out the assignment. He made Moses and knew his abilities and strength. So he gives Moses help. God summons Aaron to serve alongside his brother. A man with the abilities Moses felt he lacked.
Final excuse abated.
When the aged shepherd finishes rehearsing his excuses, he shows amazing leadership. Slow to accept the call and the appointed work, once he does Moses holds fast to it faithfully until his death.
Excuse giving Moses becomes a man that shows remarkable courage, obedience, and strength of character. He fulfils his mission faithfully and lives up to the magnificent person God designed him to be.
If you are reading this, it means you are alive which is awesome but also remember that you are an investment and If you have found your purpose and are already living it, I personally want to congratulate you for returning a dividend to God. If you haven’t found your purpose, be still and inquire from the mighty investor what it is, as soon as you know it, get to work because when purpose knocks, excuses won’t get you off the hook.
Thank you for reading.
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