Read Exodus 4
Focus on verse 13-14
Right from the beginning humanity has specialized in making excuses. I began in the garden when Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake and from that point on humans seem to have inherited that tendency. We don’t like to admit when we are at fault, and we don’t care to take responsibility if we can avoid it. It takes a certain level of discipline to counter these natural responses.
In today’s reading we find a man who later generations of Israelites revere as a prophet doing what apparently comes naturally…making excuses. God is asking him to go back to Egypt to lead the rest of his people back to the land of Canaan. In verse 13 Moses finally declares plainly what he has been hinting at in the previous chapter:
But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.(v. 13-14)
God is not put off by our excuses. He continues to be patient with us and though there may be times when He is angered by our obstinate nature, this does not surprise nor inhibit His ability to carry out His will. This is not an excuse for us to continue to be obstinate, rather it should be a lesson for us to trust Him enough to believe that He will provide us with whatever we need to accomplish what He has called us to do.