February 11, 2021
Exodus 4:10-13
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?   Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

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When his neighbor asked to borrow his rope, a man explained that the rope was unavailable because he was using it to tie up his milk.  The neighbor said, “But you can’t tie up milk with a rope.”  Then the man explained, “I know, but when you don’t want to lend your rope, one excuse is as good as another.”  I wonder if some of the excuses we make to God sound like tying up milk with a rope.

Speaking from the burning bush, God called Moses to lead his people out of Egypt.  Like us, the shepherd had his doubts and offered his excuses.  “What if they don’t believe me? (4:1).  God gave Moses miraculous ways to validate his claim that the Lord had sent him.  Moses continued, “I have never been eloquent.” (4:10).  God asked him, “Who gave human beings their mouths?”  He even promised to go with Moses and help him speak.  Finally Moses came clean, “Send someone else.” 

We, too, may wonder whether God can really use someone like us.  In our worship planning this week, one of my fellow pastors said, “I spent one summer wondering how God could use me if I was not preaching or singing.”  She found peace when God revealed to her that he was not so much interested in her ability or inability but in her availability.

Consider carefully:  what is God asking you to do today, this week, this year?  Whether or not you think you are capable, are you available.  There is no sense telling the God what he cannot do through you. Imagine what Moses would have missed if he had refused to obey God:  the ten commandments, the pillar of cloud and fire, the tent of meeting.  What will we miss if we fail to trust God in his omnipotence?

Do we remember the line in a new song sung to God, “Since when has impossible ever stopped you?”  If God asks today, be sure to untie the milk and hand him the rope.  God knows what he is about to do in and through us.  Are we available?
Pray with me:         
Father, we know that you could do your work in the world without our help.  Thank you for the grace of getting to join you in your work.  If you need our mouths or hands or hearts to accomplish your purpose, we answer with Isaiah (not Moses), “Here am I.  Send me.”  Overcome our reluctance we pray.  Let us see your glory as we walk in your way today.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Hebrews 11:24-26
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
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Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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