I Am Not Qualified! Oh?

In Exodus 4, Moses is given the mission of a lifetime. The Father just told Moses, to go and deliver an important message to Pharaoh. The king of Egypt was to let the children of Israel go.  This is no small task that the Father gave Moses.  At first, Moses did ask some reasonable questions; however he wasn’t overjoyed with the coming mission.  Here is what Moses said:

10 Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11 The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? [Exodus 4:10-11]

I, for one don’t blame Moses for being scared and looking for a way out.  Only a fool would walk into Pharaoh’s court without God’s help. Did you notice how Moses try to list the reasons for not being qualified?  What did the LORD say about this?

12 Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” 13 But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.” [Exodus 4:12-13]

In the end, Moses did go into Egypt with the help of his brother, Aaron.  Though he was afraid and a poor speaker, Moses did do what God has asked him. I will leave you to read the rest of Exodus to learn what happened.

Today, it is very easy to say, “Moses is an exceptional case.”, “He had the right training.” or “He spoke great in that movie!”.  Truth is, there is nothing special about Moses.  He was an ordinary man, who did something extraordinary.  In the end, Moses trusted God to be right there, for him.

It is easy to fall into the trap of claiming, “I am not qualified!” I can certainly come up with a few for not writing these blog posts. However, this is not what my Father is asking me.  He is not asking about my qualifications.  It is my heart that God wants.  A heart that is open to what the Father wants to do.

It is worth noting Jesus told the disciples, something quite similar in Matt 28:19-20:

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Like Moses, these guys were ordinary people. There was nothing special about them.  What about you?  What is holding you back?  I know that fear can do a number on me.  Yet, I know that Jesus is with me; as He claimed.


2 thoughts on “I Am Not Qualified! Oh?

  1. Barry my pal – Once again you are so “on point.” I went through a bit of a crisis when God removed almost every earthly obstacle that was preventing me from becoming His priest. The only one He left was me, myself. I hemmed and hawed thinking that not only was I unworthy but incapable of stepping up to the plate.
    When I brought up my “shady” past, God countered with St. Paul’s reminding me that mine wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Paul’s, yet He had chosen Him and He is also choosing me.
    When I said that I lacked any formalized training, He not only countered with “what do you think you’ve been doing these past 6 years?” and then added that anything I presently lacked He Himself would give me, as needed, when the time came.
    I was willing to make the commitment but tried to bargain with Him, saying “okay, okay, I’ll do it – just give me a few more years.” He emphatically said: NOW! I couldn’t figure out why He was so insistent on “NOW” until after I said yes.
    What I have come to realize through the events of this past year is that He had already planned specific work for me that He wanted done NOW but it all hinged on my acceptance on His commission.
    I’m glad I could be of service to those He put in my path and grateful for the joy and peace He has brought to my life (that I have never known before) by saying: YES, NOW.

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