Since last Sunday, I have been writing about the Holy Spirit, and what the Spirit means for our lives today, I am basing today’s devotion. “But Moses said, ‘No LORD, don’t send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven’t become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant.’ The LORD said to him, ‘Who gives a man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? It is I, the LORD. Now go!’ I will help you to speak, and I will tell you what to say’”
I do not doubt that we must try God’s patience sometimes. Moses is a fine example of how to try God’s patience. It is also a good example of how God responds to those who think they cannot do what God wants them to do. God tells Moses exactly what will happen, assures him that his delegation to Pharaoh will finally succeed, and tells him that the Israelites will listen to him. But as soon as God has finished, Moses says, ‘But what if. .’ And then excuse after excuse follow.
It is no wonder God speaks very sharply to him. God would have had every right just to use someone else. But he doesn’t. He gives him another chance, even to the extent of giving him a person who will speak for him. We cannot judge Moses, for we are just like him. But God, in his grace, gives us another chance too. And another, and another unless we turn our back on him.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, forgive me for the times I doubt you and do not trust in you and you alone. I thank you that you so often give me another chance. Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.