Every time I read the story of Moses, I can’t help but feel like Moses. When God tells Moses to go to Egypt, and that He has already prepared and supplied Moses with all that he needs, Moses keeps coming back with excuses, until Moses finally pleads, “Please send some one else (Exodus 3-4).” I know at times, I have felt and acted just like Moses. I have tried to make excuses and have tried to run away from what I know God was calling me to do (Hebrews 3:1-13).
Earlier this summer, I read a verse that made me stop and think. It goes like this: “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.” Psalm 119:64
As I began to memorize this verse, I quickly realized how serious I need to be taking the word of God when He speaks to me. God has called us to be His ambassadors, so why do we fret and become terrified when He gives us an assignment (Hebrews 10:38-39)?
This is the conclusion that I came to: It is simply outside of me.
Why would God call us to do something that we could do in our own power? Why would He call us to do something we can manage all on our own (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)?
God is constantly reminding us that life is not about us, but about magnifying God in all that we do. God is constantly reminding us to come outside of ourselves and to trust Him with everything (Psalm 40:16).
So now that we know this, what do we do? How do we follow through on what God is calling us to do (2 Corinthians 5:7)?
- Pray (Matthew 26:4 and Colossians 4:2). Prayer is our communication with God. As we see in Exodus, Moses talking with God is how he knew what his assignment was, and how God wanted Moses to carry out His plan in Egypt. Prayer is important because God will show us when to move and when to wait on what He has called us to do.
- Don’t let fear stop you (Isaiah 41:10). Imagine if Moses had refused to go to Egypt and had refused to fulfil God’s great plan for the Israelites. It is okay to be fearful; that is human. However, we can not let fear control us and our actions. I know I have been guilty of this in my own life. There was a specific time when I knew God was calling me to share the gospel with someone, but I didn’t because of fear. Don’t make the same mistake I did! Have confidence in God to equip you with everything you need. Jus take one small step at a time.
- Step out in faith (Hebrews 11:1 and Jeremiah 29:11). Even when Moses was content to live in the desert with his family for the rest of his life, he knew he could not ignore the calling God had placed on his life. So what did he do? He followed the first small step in God’s plan: going. God just wanted Moses to go out, meet his brother Aaron, and tell him everything. Trust that God has every little step planned out for you too. Don’t focus on the end result, but focus on where God has you right now. What is one little step you can take today to get to where God is calling you?
To close this out, I want to encourage you to take a moment and ask yourself, “What is He calling me to do?” and “Will I hasten and not delay to answer God’s calling?”
Alyssa Rasor (and your Heavenly Father)