Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

When God Calls
Pastor Frank Greer
Exodus 4:1-12
There are times in our lives when we feel insecure or incapable of doing things, especially when it’s time to make a decision to follow God’s call. People will come to us with the expectation that we are the person to help them accomplish something because they know us and think we are capable, even when we don’t. God does not need for us to have a position, nor the resources that we think we need in our life, or to have it all together to use us for His plans. He will work His miracles with what we have and who we are as His people. All He needs is a willing heart that will trust Him at all times. Today we will reflect on a person whom God used to deliver His people from the oppression and abuse of the Egyptians­—and their heavy hand on Israel—a man who thought less of himself than what God expected of him. Let’s look at Moses and learn about a life surrendered to God.

Moses’ Response (“Reasons”)
Notice that Moses had many “reasons” as to why he should not be the one God was going to use to deliver His people.
a) (v1) “What if they do not believe me or listen...” Credibility
b) (v10a) “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.” In other words, even your presence hasn’t change anything in the way I talk... Capability
c) (v10 b) “…I am slow of speech and of tongue. “ Disability

You and I can have “reasons” as well when God calls us to carry His assignment to a place, person, people group, or situation, and we question our capability to follow His calling.

What did Moses have?
Moses was raised and taught in the highest education of that time. The Egyptians were the most advanced culture at the time, and Moses grew with that knowledge.
1) He had a history.
a) He was brought up in Pharaoh’s court.
• He knew the culture
• He knew the language
b) He was now 80 years old.
• He had experience watching sheep.
• He had learned patience.
• He learned humility.
2) You and I have a history.
a) It may be short or long, but we have one.
b) God will use experiences (good or bad) from our lives to
equip us to minister to others.

Notice that God did not ask Moses if he had the skills and courage to take the assignment. God simply asked Moses, “What is in your hand?”

God takes the ordinary, such as a shepherd’s rod, and uses it as an extraordinary tool of God. This rod was used to perform various miracles by God’s power.

God’s response
(v11) “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?”
(v12) “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

A Summary of God’s Response

Our Response
I am sure that all of us had been in the same place as Moses, feeling insecure about ourselves, or incapable of accomplishing the task we are called to. We are sure He is choosing the wrong person. We always forget that it is not us who change the circumstances or people. God does His work through us. Fear is normal, and the uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen or how it may look will affect us because we like to make sure that we are going to be okay.

You and I need to put fear aside and let God work in our lives to change us into a new person for His glory.

We become a different person by stepping out of our comfort zone and into His will. Moses was never the same again. He was able to do things in faith because he saw God moving in front of him all the time; he just needed a little encouragement and a push from God and from some people too.

Discussion Questions
1) Has God been prompting me to do some things I just don’t feel comfortable with?
2) How long has He been speaking to me?
3) What will I do now?


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