Long ago and not so far away, there was a Sunday School Superintendent who needed a SS teacher. He asked me if I would teach. I told him I would not. So he said, “Will you pray about it?” I responded, “No, I don’t want to teach, so why would I pray about it.” Not one of the greatest stories in my life! But one I remember as I read about Moses’ excuse making with God.
When God called Moses, he did not find an eager vessel! Moses’ excuse #1, “…I’m not important enough for that job!” God’s support: “But I Am. I AM will be with you.” Moses’ excuse #2 “I have no authority; why will Pharaoh listen to me?” God’s answer, “Let me demonstrate. Try out a couple of miracles. – Now do you think you might get his attention?” Moses is still not convinced. Excuse #3, “But I can’t talk.” He is trying God’s patience! Imagine—God and his miracles, not enough! God answers, “I know you’re not a great speaker. Haven’t I made you the way you are – even with speech problems.” But again God agrees to give him help in the form of Aaron, Moses’s brother. Moses is to tell Aaron what to say and God will help both of them.
Benjamin Franklin said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Whee, I’m glad God is my judge (and my helper) rather than dear ole Ben. And I’m thankful for forgiveness – both God’s and Sunday School Superintendent’s along the line. I’ve reaped what I sowed.