Sometimes the Old Testament is like a huge, dark, foreboding house. Fear and uncertainty keep us out. But, if we dare to open the door, we will find the people who live there will not only welcome us but will also find amazing similarities between the lives they lived and our own lives.
Moses is an example. God had important work for this man. Reluctance gripped Moses and he offered a series of excuses. Moses began by saying, in effect, "Here am I, but who am 1?" Moses believed the task was too big and he was too little. God replied with the promise of His own presence. God would be with Moses.
Then Moses suggested, "Here am I, but who are YOU? I don't even know your name, and if I don't know your name, how can I introduce you to others?" God answered this excuse by simply explaining Himself to Moses. He told Moses His name and what it meant. That should be all the reluctant servant needed.
Moses tried again. He said, "Here am I, but they won't listen." Oh, but they would listen. God promised to perform miracles to assure their interest and attention. Read Exodus 4:1-9.
God answered his every objection. But, Moses wasn't done. Finally, he said, "Here am I, send Aaron." "I am slow of speech and slow of tongue" (Exodus 4:10). What a strange thing for someone to say who was so quick with the excuses.
Ultimately, of course, obedience overcame reluctance and Moses did as God directed.
Therein great blessing came to Moses and to all Israel. It will always be that way. Our reluctance and or excuses carry the same weight as those given by Moses. God is greater than all our fears. As His disciples, we can respond to the Great Commission with joy and confidence. God will go with us-
". ..Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age."
It's harvest time