Verse of the Day

"The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’"

~Exodus 4:11-12

Today's Devotional Thought

August 11, 2010 by Wendy Foreman


Send Someone Else

Awhile back, we presented a devotional on Moses and how God had called him to rescue the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. In the devotional, we talked about how God told Moses he was called, but Moses argued with God. He told God that he wasn’t eloquent in speech and he told God that he simply wasn’t the right guy for the job. God was angry and decided to use Aaron (Moses’ brother) as Moses’ mouthpiece, but that Moses would still lead. The verses that I am presenting today are the verses leading up to the argument between God and Moses. Today, I want to focus on when God calls us to work for him.

Has the Lord tugged at your heart to work somewhere in the church? Maybe it is teaching Sunday School or leading a Women’s Bible study. Perhaps it is volunteering to help with the youth group or nursery. Maybe, what the Lord is tugging at your heart for you to do is even bigger than that. Maybe it is to be a missionary or to step out and start your own ministry. Is there anything holding you back from stepping out and doing it?

When God called Moses to lead, Moses pleaded with God to excuse him from his mission. Exodus 4:13 says, But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Moses saw all his glaring faults when he took his eyes off of God and put them on himself. And, he argued with God claiming that he just couldn’t do what God was asking him to do.

It is easy for us in our flesh to make a list of all the reasons why we can’t do things for God. We list all of our weaknesses and faults and we plead our case to the Lord. But, you know what? The Lord created us and He knows us better than we even know ourselves. And, He knows what we will need for this mission. And, He knows how you will do it even when you don’t feel ready. And, can He not mold us into what we need to be in order to follow His will?

It is not always easy to follow the Lord in obedience. Satan would love nothing better than to plant ideas in our head about our weaknesses and inabilities. We begin to believe those ideas and start thinking that there is no way we are smart enough, pretty enough, strong enough, or bold enough to do the things we have been called to do.

If you are sitting there today and feel called by the Lord to do something for Him, don’t be discouraged if you feel unprepared or ill equipped. Many who have been called by the Lord have felt that way. In fact, let me be transparent with you all today. I know, with all of my heart, that God called me into full time ministry with my husband. And for years, I sat back and was involved in music mainly and took care of my small children. I would do things here and there in the church when they needed me to, but that was really it. And when we moved recently to Virginia and to our new church, the Lord laid on my heart that I should be much more involved and really step out of my comfort zone in MANY areas to honor Him.

And one of those areas is in this online and speaking ministry. Rachel and I starting this ministry has been a major step for me. I never considered myself a writer and I didn’t speak in public unless I was singing. But, I felt strongly called to do this with Rachel. And what I have found, is that following the Lord in obedience in these areas has led me to feel very blessed and I have learned the peace and joy of serving Him in a whole new way.

Don’t let Satan discourage you or plant negative ideas in your head. God is calling you to do amazing things for Him and I urge you to be obedient and to use your gifts and talents for Him. If it is a new ministry He wants you to start, then pray, pray, pray for direction and wisdom. If it is working in the church, then pray and go to your Pastor and let him know you feel led to work in a certain area of your church. Whatever God is calling you to do, don’t waste any time. Just do it today!!!!

Memorize this verse today:

"The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’"
~Exodus 4:11-12

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