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But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” – Exodus 4:10
Have you ever set for yourself some goal or objective that was extremely important to you? It was fueled by your passion and it filled your thoughts. But then, as you approached the reality of actually making it happen, a new sensation flooded your heart and mind—fear. That fear may have been a fear of failure, of ridicule, or even (absurdly enough) a fear of succeeding. However it manifested itself, instead of pushing ahead in victory, you may have pulled back, your own anxieties keeping you from the very thing you were so passionate about.
Before he was a great leader of his people, Moses found himself being asked by God to embark on a journey whose destination he wanted very badly. He identified profoundly with his own people in bondage he “chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” (Heb. 11:25) Moses desperately wanted his kinsmen to be set free, but when God called him out to lead them in that journey, he drew back in fear. Moses faced the LORD and began offering excuse after pathetic excuse, displaying his human frailty in the face of a God-sized calling. Moses knew what God was calling him to do, the destination was clear, but he lacked the faith that he could accomplish it. In the end, though God grew angry with Moses’ attempts to let fear keep him from obedience, He offered the man a way to conquer his doubts and we know how the rest of the story plays out.
The same God who spoke to Moses out of a burning bush those thousands of years ago, is calling each of us to a unique destiny that can only be reached through obedience. Be certain that the place that the LORD leads us toward can only be reached in His power. It will be terrifying and impossible, an Everest lying clearly before us, whose summit will seem impossibly far away. The temptation will be to turn back, to make excuses, and to wallow in the lowlands, safe and free of the burden of effort and the chance for catastrophic failure. But that is not the abundant life God has for each of us. That can only be reached by (through the power of God’s Son) conquering our own reservations and following our Savior’s leading to the High Places, confident that He will not abandon us on the journey.