Exodus 3, Luke 6, Job 20, 1 Corinthians 7

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Exodus 3, Luke 6, Job 20, 1 Corinthians 7. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Exodus 3.

In Exodus 2, Moses tried to use his physical strength and his position as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter to bring justice and deliverance to his fellow Israelites (Ex 2:11-12, cf. Acts 7:23-25). That did not work out so well, so Moses retreated to the desert, settled down with a wife and made a living as a shepherd. In today’s reading from Exodus 3, we find Moses out in the desert doing what shepherds do. God captured his attention with the burning bush and, in verses 7-10, unmistakably called him to do what he had tried to do on his own in Exodus 2. Instead of realizing that he was now ready (because God was with him) to do what God wanted him to do, Moses resisted God’s command and offered up a series of excuses. There are five excuses total sprinkled throughout the story of Exodus 2 and 3. Today’s reading shows us three of those excuses which are:

  • I’m unimportant (v. 11)
  • I’m uninformed / unprepared (v. 13)

We should be very careful about saying “God told me to do _____” unless we have an experience as clear as the one Moses had. So many people have told me over the years that God told them to do something that they tried and failed to do. I know what they mean―they mean that they have a burden or desire to do something that would accomplish a result that is clearly scriptural. That’s a great thing and I’ve had that experience, too. So have most Christians including, probably, you. But, having a conviction that God would want you to do something is not the same as being COMMANDED by God through divine revelation to do something. Wise is the Christian who understands the difference and does not cheapen God’s word. 

Anyway, with that aside, back to Moses’ excuses which were:

  • I’m unimportant (v. 11)
  • I’m uninformed / unprepared (v. 13)

Although our experience with God’s word is not precisely the same as Moses, the excuses Moses used are pretty familiar, aren’t they? Which of these excuses do you sometimes give for disobeying God’s word? What was God’s answer to these excuses for Moses and how does His answer help you in your obedience? Leave your thoughts about this (or anything we read today) in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.