Focus Verse: Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I am not a man of words (eloquent, fluent), neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10 (AMP)
Last week, we talked about how we have to be willing to pursue what’s uncomfortable when it pertains to our purpose. Today we will look at Moses and discuss the state of being ready as it pertains to our purpose.
In Exodus 3, we see that God appeared to Moses to inform him that he had been chosen to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. (vs 10) Understandably, Moses had some fear and doubts and he began to question God. “Who am I that I should approach Pharaoh?” (vs. 11) “Who should I say sent me? (vs. 13) “What if they don’t believe me? (Exodus 4:1)
Every excuse Moses gave God was a reflection of his own ability and had absolutely nothing to do with God, His ability, and what His word says about Him. (see Exodus 3:14) For every concern Moses had for God, God had a response for Moses. “Certainly, I will be with you.”(Exodus 3:12) “I am who I am. (Exodus 3:14) Read Exodus 4:1-13 for God’s response to Moses’ fear of speaking and “what if they don’t believe me.”
It’s easy for us to look at others to analyze and point out their mistakes, but how many times have you, like Moses, told God you weren’t ready? “God this is too much for me to handle. I’m not where I want to be yet. What if it doesn’t work out? What if they don’t believe me? I’m comfortable where I am right now. How am I going to pay for that? That’s going to be/ is way too hard. What if I don’t succeed?”
The state of being ready does not automatically negate or cancel out the presence of fear. So many people have tricked THEMSELVES into believing they aren’t ready simply because fear is present. It is highly possible and extremely normal to pursue purpose in the presence of fear.
God knew everything that Moses would be up against when delivering His people and He still felt confident that he could get the job done. In that same manner, God knows everything about you and He still has confidence that you can be everything He called and created you to be. Not because of who you are, but because who He is. I encourage you to make a vow today, that you will pursue your purpose, even in the presence of fear.
Prayer: Glory to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! You are the Everlasting God! Thank You for that reminder that just because fear is present, doesn’t mean I am not ready. Father forgive me, I have ignored Your calling many times. I know there are places and people that You have called me to and I have totally ignored them. As I vow today to pursue my purpose in the presence of fear, help me to remember to not look at my inability, but to keep my eyes on You and Your ability. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!
In His Mighty Name, Amen!
Need to hear this one. Meant to read this the other day but got busy doing something else. But, so needed this one. I have a fear speaking in front of crowds of people. And I know it’s been on my heart to teach a workshop, but I be like. Ummm, I can’t. But it’s nothing but fear of what I think people actually think or say when I’m in front of them speaking. Now I need to chew on this everyday as a daily reminder!!!