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EXCUSING YOURSELF FROM GOD’S BLESSING by Tripp Atkinson
Is it possible that you are excusing yourself from God’s blessings? Let me explain…
In Exodus 3, we see that Moses found himself in a really awkward situation one day. It was one of those awkward situations where things just got weirder and weirder.
1 One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. 3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” 4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. – Exodus 3:1-4
Talk about a turn of events! Moses is tending sheep in the wilderness (probably not the most exciting thing in the world) when he sees a bush that is on fire, but not burning up. As he is checking it out, the bush begin to talk to him. Not only is the bush talking, but God is speaking to him through the bush and calls him by name!! Now in the midst of probably freaking out just a little, Moses responds in a way that has the potential to change his entire life and future. He enthusiastically says “Here I am!”
As God calls Moses’ name, Moses enthusiastically and expectantly gives God his undivided attention. When God has his attention, God tells Moses that he has chosen him to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. This plan would involve Moses going to Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and demanding that he release the Israelites from captivity.
So God says, “Moses I’ve got a plan and it involves you. You be willing to give and watch what I do.”
Moses immediately begins to do what we sometimes do when God asks something of us. Moses immediately begins to give excuses as to why God could not use Him… reasons why he could not give to God.
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” – Exodus 3:11
But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” – Exodus 4:10
Apparently Moses had a speech impediment, which made this ask from God completely illogical to Moses. Moses says, “God, you’ve got the wrong guy. You are asking too much!” It becomes clear that God really hates excuses. God had enough of Moses’ excuses and said to him…
Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord?” – Exodus 4:11
Of course God has a great comeback for Moses’ excuses. God says, “Oh, I can’t use your mouth? Well, who made your mouth? If I want to use your mouth, I can do whatever I want with it.”
“Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” – Exodus 4:12-13
Moses is destined for greatness, yet he is trying as hard as he can to sabotage his own future by making excuses.
DON’T SABOTAGE TOMORROW’S GREATNESS WITH TODAY’S EXCUSES.
Even as Moses is still making excuses, look at what God does…
14 Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you. 15 Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do. 16 Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say. 17 And take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”
God says, “You give. Let me use and provide.” It may not always make sense to give. We might think “What can God do with this?” I think of the little boy in the Bible who gave his couple of small fish and five small loaves of bread to Jesus and watched in amazement as Jesus feed over 5,000 people with them and then had 12 baskets full of leftovers. I think of the widow who gave her only coin and how her legacy of sacrifice has made a difference to this day. There is story after story from Scripture and also my own life where God has proven faithful to take little and use it much.
Even when it doesn’t make sense, you give, God will use, and God will provide. God takes what we can do, does what only he can do, and the result is beyond what we could think or imagine on our own. As God asks of us, he always gives more.
GOD DOESN’T ASK YOU TO GIVE WITHOUT HIM GIVING MORE.
As we give, consider what God promises…
AS WE GIVE, GOD PROMISES:
– His presence. (God said, “I will be with you.”)
– His power. (Exodus 4:1-9, “Trust me, everyone will know I’m behind this”)
– His provision. (Exodus 4:14, “Look Aaron is already on the way.”)
As we give to God, he is always faithful! And through faithful obedience, we can experience God’s absolute best for our lives.
Consider when Moses experienced God’s best…
MOSES EXPERIENCED GOD’S BEST WHEN:
– He gave God his attention.
Is it possible you may not be hearing God calling because He doesn’t have your attention?
– He moved beyond excuses.
What excuses are robbing you of experiencing God’s best?
– He trusted God’s plan.
In what areas do you need to trust God today?
Today, would you give God your full attention and ask, “God, what do you want me to give? How do you want to use me?” Whatever God is asking you to give, would you trust him enough to move beyond excuses and trust his plan. As you do, I’m confident you will experience his presence, his power, and his provision in your life.
Stop “excusing” yourself from God’s blessings and walk in the fullness of all he has for you today!