Moses is a relatable character in that he not only recognized his shortcomings, but he momentarily let them get in the way of God’s purpose for him. He was concerned with what others would think: What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, “The LORD did not appear to you?” Exodus 4:1. Or what about when Moses said “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” [verse 10]. Thankfully people like Moses have preceded us, to mentor us and to reveal to us that “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”
There is great exhilaration in being qualified into His calling. Think about it, what is in your hands? We know that we do not always have the credentials to do what He is asking of us, but any one of us can be obedient enough to “throw down the stick in our hands” so that God can turn that proverbial stick into a snake, and then back into a stick again [verses 2-4]; In other words, surrender to Him your capability and He will multiply it and will show Himself strong on our behalf. What is God asking you to do today that is provoking that laundry list of your shortcomings?
I appreciate Jan Dravecky’s comments on this portion of Scripture: “All God really asked Moses to do was to carry a big stick and be obedient. God did all the heavy work.” To this statement she aptly added: “God will never lead you where His grace cannot keep you.” Then we look at Hebrews 4:15-16, which encourages us; “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” At the end of the day, He is asking us to trust Him and to come with a heart willing to respond to His promptings.