Send Someone Else
[gn_quote style=”1″]But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 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.” (Ex 4:10–13). [/gn_quote]
Moses is an incredible man. Who, in all of history has had such guts to stand up to God and say no? Unbelievably, right after God gives him signs that He is able to do anything to prove Himself, Moses still fears the people won’t believe him. Once he can no longer argue that the people can’t say the “Lord did not appear to you”, because of the signs shown through him, he then goes on to makes other excuses. He has a speech impediment, he is no good with public speaking, and he has nothing to say.
How often do we have an opportunity presented to us, or even have a little something inside telling us to go, but instead we say no. We say “send someone else”; I am not capable to speak to that many people, I can’t go to the cannibal tribe, I have never flown, I am afraid of snakes, my body can’t handle the climate, I have asthma, I am weak, I don’t have the knowledge, it’s not my gifting…
Then I could imagine as God said to Moses, He might say to us. “Who made you?” or “You are able, because of Me.” No matter what you may feel comfortable with, or capable of, if God is calling you to do it you must “therefore go.” Sounds similar to a command made in the New Testament doesn’t it? A command for all believers, not just those who are equipped as missionaries and pastors.
The command to “Go”, both here, and in the Great Commission are not just empty commands without reason. There is ground for why one must go, we see this in the – “therefore”; because of – statement that precedes the command. God has and will fully equip us. God says to Moses “I made your tongue, therefore its able, so Go!” In the New Testament what is the reason we are left without excuse? Jesus just finished saying that He had all authority over every created thing, and that He is with us, “Therefore, Go!”
As often as we can/do say “send someone else,” just as Moses did, is as often as God says, I made you, I equipped you, and I am calling you, so therefore… Consider where God is calling you to go, but you continually make excuses. Could be to talk to an enemy of yours, could be the cannibal tribe, maybe its just to a family member.
Remember, He has made you, therefore go.
Exodus 4:10-17 | Matthew 28:18-20