In Exodus chapter 4, Moses is about to start a new adventure, but he has lots of fear. “The people may not believe me” – God confirms His presence with unique signs (vs 1-9). Moses says he is not a good speaker; God says, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, GOD? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.” (vs 10 – 12, Message)
Then Moses says, “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!”(vs 13 Message). At this point God gets angry. There are two times when God is angry at Moses, here in Ex. 4 and also in Numbers 20:11 when Moses hits the rock instead of speaking to it (see Deut.4:26 as a cross reference). The “anger of the Lord was kindled” – objection after objection was answered and then God got angry. There are times when God in His mercy will show signs and wonders, He will confirm His presence and confirm His intents so that we can walk with confidence. Such was the case with Moses. Many signs were given that this was God and that God would be present. However then there is a time for obedience. A time to quit making excuses and to get going. As we start a New Year, what excuses have you been making for not obeying the Lord? Is this your time to stop making excuses and to just step forward and trust that God will be faithful to you?
It is not always easy to obey the ways of God, usually because we think that our ways are better and that our ways make more sense. However there is no better sacrifice than to obey the voice of the Lord, (#1Sa 15:22). This day choose to start a New Year and let it be a day and a year of obedience to God.
(Note that even in God’s anger with Moses, God still mercifully gave help to Moses by sending Aaron to help with the public speaking.)