SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2018
THEME: STOP MAKING EXCUSES
TEXT: EXODUS 3:10-14, 4:1-14
MEMORY VERSE: EXODUS 4:10 “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.”
When Moses saw the spectacle of the burning bush, he was attracted to the unusual scene. When God them approached him with His proposal, he grew cold feet. Moses gave five excuses before the anger of God was kindled against him. Thereafter he made six more excuses. Find out the 11 excuses. His fears may be genuine as a human being. First, he was a fugitive from the same palace he was sent to. He could be arrested and imprisoned. Or, like he said, he was an unknown figure in a big family. So how will he introduce himself and the project to elicit their total loyalty? As humans, we look at our human limitations when faced with herculean tasks. However, as God proved to Moses, he was not meant to perform the task in his own strength. So are we when we are called to a duty post for our God. Gideon in Judges 6:13-18 was an unlikely choice to lead the Israelites from bondage. After he was reassured that it was not his imagination, God told him to wait on His Instruction and strength.
Today and always, God is always looking for the human component to perform certain tasks. He supplies His strength, His foresight, His great overview and knowledge of the task. He is only looking for those who will submit willingly and say ‘Here I am, send me’, like Prophet Isaiah.
He will determine the mode and pattern because the project is always His. When He calls you like He did to Moses, will you look at the enormity of the task and make excuses? Remember what Jesus said at the event of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If you will not praise, He can raise stones instead.
HYMN: EMHB 585 – RISE UP O MEN OF GOD
PRAYER: When You choose duties for me to perform, dear Lord, let me be conscious that You also will supply the grace to perform them.