“God addressed Moses, saying, ‘I am God. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I say to you.’


And Moses answered, ‘Look at me. I stutter. Why would Pharaoh listen to me?’


God told Moses, ‘Look at me. I’ll make you as a god to Pharaoh and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to speak everything I command you, and your brother Aaron will tell it to Pharaoh. Then he will release the Israelites from his land. At the same time I am going to put Pharaoh’s back up and follow it up by filling Egypt with signs and wonders. Pharaoh is not going to listen to you, but I will have my way against Egypt and bring out my soldiers, my people the Israelites, from Egypt by mighty acts of judgment. The Egyptians will realize that I am God when I step in and take the Israelites out of their country.’

Moses and Aaron did exactly what God commanded. Moses was eighty and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.” Exodus 6:29-30; 7:1-7 (MSG)




Moses struggled with the call that God placed on his life. He knew of his own limitations, and those became barriers to saying “yes” to God. In his final plea with God, Moses asked God to take a look at his limitations. Couldn’t God see that he was not the right person for the job? He wasn’t able to communicate effectively; there were probably more reasons floating around in Moses’ mind. He saw that he had no position or influence that would persuade Pharaoh. He had no grounds on which to speak to Pharaoh. Interestingly, God mirrored Moses’ response by saying, “Look at me.” God was less concerned with what Moses thought he could do. It wasn’t part of the requirement. As Moses was able to shift his perspective off of himself, he fixed his eyes on God and His promise. For Moses to say “yes” to God, he had to let go of the things he thought disqualified him. Moses was looking to the person he had always been, yet God saw the person Moses would become. When Moses and Aaron looked to God instead of looking at themselves, they were able to do that which they thought couldn’t be done. Their obedience flowed out of God’s empowerment. They simply had to look to God and say “yes”.


We can experience a similar struggle when God is calling us to do  something bigger than our perceived abilities. God is not asking you to tell Him why you can’t obey; He is simply asking you to look to Him. When we place our focus on God, the dreams that He has planted in our hearts don’t seem as scary, because it is not just up to us. We need to throw our list of disqualifications out the window. Moses and Aaron would not have been considered young to receive this type of direction from God. Yet, what we might view as a limitation wasn’t a limitation in God’s eyes. Their age wasn’t the deciding factor; it was their hearts and willingness to obey. The limitations that you see in your life might be your abilities, experiences, past, age, or current position. Those things have little to do with responding to God in obedience. If we are not careful, though, they will cause us to say “no”. What if Moses’ final answer had been “no”? It would have drastically changed the landscape of his life.  When we are pursuing something that seems impossible or really big, having God’s direction is imperative. Without His help, the outcome solely relies on our abilities. We don’t have enough experience, influence, or mental stamina to accomplish all God wants to do in our lives. Yet, when we turn our eyes heavenward, the things we don’t have fail in comparison to who God is. Moses had to rise up into the call God was placing on his life. He would walk through conversations with Pharaoh, experience God parting the Red Sea, and know God’s provision in the wilderness. He would come to  know more fully that only God could do what he couldn’t have done on his own. As you look ahead to where God is leading you, don’t be alarmed if you don’t have all the answers or if you feel unqualified. God is more than able to work in and through you. Rise up to the call He is placing on your life. All you need to start with is a “yes.”

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