Exodus 4:10-12

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15 June, 2024



EXODUS 4:10-12

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”


Moses was concerned he wasn’t the right person for the job. Moses was probably 80 years old when he was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  

He’s not alone in beginning things at an older age. Colonel Sanders founded KFC at age 65. Daniel Defoe wrote the classic novel Robinson Crusoe, when he was 58. Samuel L Jackson’s acting career only took off when he was in his 40’s. Martha Stewart only published her first cookbook when aged 41.

In this reading today, God is quick to remind Moses who is in charge. He politely tells Moses to pull his head in. He recaps to Moses just who he is and what he has done, and what he will help Moses go and do. And he’s telling Moses, to borrow the famous Nike tag, ‘just do it’. Just do it, and I’ll be with you. Just do it, and I’ll take care of the rest.  

Sometimes that’s the only prompt we need. In fact, in times of doubt, ‘just do it’, and let God handle the worrying.     

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we often get a little lazy when it comes to doing Your work. We’ll make every excuse under the sun to avoid speaking up, or sharing the Good News, or even telling someone off. So help us to be bold enough to ‘just do it’, and to rely on your protection and grace to get us through. Amen