by Sandy Kirby Quandt
God doesn’t always call the equipped, but he does always equip those he calls.
There have been times in my life I’ve been asked to do things which I felt totally unqualified to do. Times I’ve received honors I shook my head and wondered how in the world? Times people mentioned something I did and how it blessed them.
Me? Stand up and give a speech in front of a group of women I do not know?
Me? U.S. Space Camp Right Stuff Award Winner?
Me? Teach Bible studies?
Me? Pen words that touch people’s hearts?
Are you kidding? Inconceivable.
Apparently, Moses felt the same way when God called from a burning bush and told Moses he would be the one to lead God’s people out of captivity.
For every excuse Moses gave, God had an answer.
I imagine the conversation may have gone something like this.
I get tongue-tied. I’m not a good speaker. I’ll embarrass myself.
I’ll send you’re brother, Aaron, to go with you.
I can’t go back to Pharaoh … I killed an Egyptian, remember? There’s a price on my head.
I’ll go before you and take care of it.
I’m not as young as I used to be, you know. The trip alone will probably kill me, and I know my ole rhuematiz will act up.
I will give you strength for each day.
I’m feeling rather comfortable herding sheep. Going back to the big city will be bad for my blood pressure.
Time spent herding sheep was to prepare you to herd my people. Now get a move on.
I believe Moses made excuses because he felt inadequate. Who wouldn’t, for goodness sake?
The fact God promised to go with Moses, however, cancelled out all excuses.
How many times are we like Moses when God asks us to do something?
How many times do we make excuses for why we can’t? Why we’re unqualified?
When we honestly believe God is asking us to do things we may feel unqualified to do, we should seek godly counsel and pray for wisdom, search the scriptures, and see if indeed, God is calling us to the task.
If he is, it won’t matter how ill-equipped we might feel, we can be confident if God calls us to it, he’ll see us through it.
Instead of looking at our weaknesses and making excuses for why we can’t do something, perhaps it’s time we look at our greatest resource – God – and get a move on.
Do you believe you’ve been called to do something for God, yet feel unqualified to do it? Look at Moses and remember God doesn’t necessarily call the equipped, but he most assuredly equips those he calls.
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Now I am going to send you to Pharaoh, to demand that he let you lead my people out of Egypt.”
“But I’m not the person for a job like that!” Moses exclaimed.
Then God told him, “I will certainly be with you, and this is the proof that I am the one who is sending you: When you have led the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God here upon this mountain!”
But Moses asked, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them that their fathers’ God has sent me, they will ask, ‘Which God are you talking about?’ What shall I tell them?”
“‘The Sovereign God,’” was the reply. “Just say, ‘I Am has sent me!’ Yes, tell them, ‘Jehovah, the God of your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has sent me to you.’ (This is my eternal name, to be used throughout all generations.) Exodus 3:10-14 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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Thanks, Shirley. Good thing we aren’t left on our own.