God saved, trained, prepared, and chose Moses to lead Israel. The lengths that God took to prepare Moses should have allowed Moses to trust God to take the steps necessary to prepare Moses to lead Israel to the promised land. There was only one problem, Moses was not ready to do the job. As with many that are trying to get out of a task, Moses asks questions about God and His veracity. When that does not work, Moses makes excuses about his abilities to speak, and to lead. Finally, Moses alludes to his status as a wanted man.
God addresses each of Moses’ issues and prepares Moses for his journey back to Egypt. Make no mistake, God was not pleased with Moses’ lack of faith. God was, however, patient with Moses as God knew that the mission was large, and Moses had to process this calling. God was not simply springing this on an unaware shepherd. Moses had been a prince and knew the ways of Egypt and the plight of Israel’s people. Moses, after all was the man that killed the Egyptian overseer for mistreating one of the Israelite people. God simply had to help Moses to get there, and to start on Moses’ journey. After that, Gd would lead and grow Moses as needed.
In our lives, God is equally patient. He brings us along at his pace so as not to ruin us or our faith. We often balk at the idea of being used by God. Silly, though, because promises that He who calls you is faithful, and HE will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24. We simply to listen for God’s call and follow the Lord at His pace and in His time. If we will, He will do all that is necessary to prepare us for the mission He has for us.
God Bless You
Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” 2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 3 And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. 4 But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5 “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6 Again, the Lord said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.”[a] And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous[b] like snow. 7 Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So, he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8 “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. 9 If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”
10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16 He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. 17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”