Day 2 // Exodus 4:10-17

Focus

In what context are you most likely to doubt God’s provision?

Read

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, 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.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Reflect

Despite encountering God in a powerful way and seeing firsthand the miraculous signs He can accomplish, Moses still doubted God’s call on his life and listened more to the fear in his heart. 

It has been 40 years since Moses ran away from Egypt to Midian. His crisis has now turned to comfort. Moses doesn’t want to go back to Egypt, he doesn’t feel qualified, and he wants God to use someone else. Moses wants to avoid the calling for the comfort. Comfort is one of the most powerful and prevalent idols in our country today. But following God often requires us to be uncomfortable.

When have you chosen comfort over obedience to God?

God responds to Moses’ objection with anger. Does this surprise you? Why or why not?

Apply

Share with a friend or around the table a time when God used your weakness for good.

Have you ever talked to a stranger about Jesus? If not, is it because you are focusing more on your fear and weakness than on God’s power and call?