Today’s Scripture: Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua¬†1:9

That’s just not my thing…I’m too busy…What if I’m not ready to answer all the questions…I don’t speak well…God can send someone else. We have no problem making up excuses to ignore God’s calling in our lives. Whether it is witnessing, reaching out to those who are discouraged, jumping into a new ministry at church, or helping a family member through physical trials, there are many circumstances which intimidate us and make us want to run away.

These feelings are very much like those that Moses had. When God told him he would free the people of Israel and would need to confront Pharaoh to let His people go, what was Moses’ response? “Who, me? I can’t speak well Lord. You should send someone else-how about my brother Aaron? He is a great public speaker. You’ve got the wrong man for the job.” Moses certainly thought he had his reasons.

After all, he grew up in the very palace he was now commanded to oppose. There were probably countless people there who knew him as part of Pharaoh’s family and had watched him grow from a child into a man. Imagine the pressure he must have been under. Although his first response to God was not right, we know how the story ends.

Moses took a huge step of faith, and God blessed-just as He will bless us when we forsake finite reasoning and follow Him. He will take each ability we have and make it into something extraordinary. If he could take Moses’ humble staff and turn it into a snake the moment it hit the ground in front of Pharaoh, He can use everything we have to offer-no matter how small.

God never calls the wrong man for the job. He is right every time, even when you cannot see it or understand it. What you really have are not “reasons” but excuses. The only reason you are here on this earth is to love and serve the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. Although your peers, co-workers or family may oppose God’s calling for your life, be of good courage. Search the Scripture, seek counsel, and draw near to God, and He will strengthen your heart. There is no more room for excuses. Commit to making steps of faith each day and watch God bless.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder