The Mercies of God: Moses

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

The story

Moses is a well-known personality in scripture. He was born during Pharaoh’s reign, who feeling afraid of the Israelites, had commanded that all Israelite baby boys be killed. Moses is saved, rescued by Pharoah’s daughter, and grows up in Pharaoh’s household. He identifies with the Israelites who are enslaved and treated harshly. When witnessing one of his kinsmen being treated brutally, Moses murders an Egyptian. His kinsmen call him out on it, and Pharaoh finds out, so Moses runs away. He ends up in Midian, where he lives for several years, taking two wives. In Midian, God calls Moses to rescue the Israelites from under Pharaoh’s rule.

Moses offers excuses

God calls to Moses, explains that He has heard the Israelites’ cries of distress, and tells him that He is sending him to rescue them. Moses protests. He offers multiple excuses.

  1. I’m not good enough (Who am I to do this work?)
  2. I don’t even know your name (Who should I say is sending me?)
  3. I won’t be believable (Suppose they don’t believe me or listen to me?)
  4. I am not eloquent; I can’t speak in front of people (I’m not good with words.)
  5. I’m not qualified; I don’t want this job (Please send anyone but me.)

So where’s the mercy?

Even with all of Moses’ excuses, God does not relent. He does not give up on Moses. Instead, God promises His presence and power. He also assigns Moses’ brother, Aaron, to be his spokesman. Although Moses is reluctant in his calling, he becomes amazingly focused as a leader.

Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant.
His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later.

Hebrews 3:5 NLT

God calls us, prepares us for good works, and equips us for that work. When He calls us, may we not offer excuses but say …

Yes, Lord, yes, to Your will and to Your way
Yes, Lord, yes, I will trust You and obey
When Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I’ll agree
And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes!

Lynn Keesecker

Prayer of Gratitude

Father, we offer our own excuses way too often. We are grateful that You forgive us and that You do not relent. We are Your handiwork, created in Christ Jesus, to do the good works that You prepared in advance for us to do. May we not seek our own good works but submit to those that You have ordained. Help us to trust You, to know that if You call us to work, You also equip us to complete the task with Your presence and power. Amen.

*You can read Moses’ complete story in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

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