Exodus Chapter 4: “God does not call the qualified. He qualifies those He calls.”
God Sends Moses to Egypt to Save Israel from Slavery
Moses expression of his fear and anxiety when God called him:
V1. “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
V10. “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.”
V13. “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
God’s response to Moses’ concerns:
VV2-v12. God has provided Moses with a staff and the power to perform signs if that is the way to lead the people to believe that Moses was sent by God.
VV11-12. 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.”
VV14-17. God called Aaron to help and assist Moses.
The fear we feel whenever God calls us to service, has also been felt by Moses when God called him to go to Egypt for Israel. How many of us have said: “Lord I am not ready”, “Lord I do not know what to speak and how to do it”, or “Lord, will you let someone else do this?”
But like what I always hear, “God does not call the qualified. He qualifies those He calls.” Moses expressed his fear and anxiety thrice in this chapter. But he could not say ‘no’. God had an answer to his concerns. Together with His command to Moses, is a promise that He will be with him as he goes out to be used by God in saving Israel from slavery. He also provided Moses with an assistant, Aaron, his brother.
When God calls us:
1) He equips us. (vv2-v12)
2) He does it for us. (vv11-12)
3) He sends us a helper. (vv14-17)
May we be each other’s “Aaron”, who is submissive to God and a support to our siblings in Christ. Whenever we feel scared, inadequate, and going ‘backwards’ for the work God has designed us for, may we be reminded by God’s promise to Moses who sounded so panicked: (1) He will equip us; (2) He will speak for us; and (3) He will provide us with the help/assistance we need;
When Moses and Aaron obeyed (Vv28-29), all the glory went to God. (v31)