Send Someone Else
Read Exodus 4:1 through 6:30
“I know God has called me to pastoral ministry, but I’m fairly certain He hasn’t called me to the middle of nowhere.” When asked if they would pastor a small-town church, located in the high desert plains of Nevada, most candidate ministers offered similar replies.
The church in “the middle of nowhere” had been without a pastor for almost a year. The last person to fill the pulpit was a Bible student on college break for the summer. He only stayed two months.
Moses faced a similar “invitation” when God called him to return to Egypt and free the Hebrews enslaved by Pharaoh. This ministry assignment would be difficult at best. Moses told God he was a poor speaker, and asked God to send someone else to do it (Exodus 4:10, 13). Fortunately, God’s will prevailed, and Moses packed up his traveling gear.
Laborers for the kingdom of God are sorely needed. Instead of looking at the difficulties, look at God’s almighty abilities. When God sends us on a divine mission, He provides the ways and means to accomplish the task.
Challenge for Today: The next time your pastor asks for help, consider the request with an open heart.
Quicklook: Exodus 4:10–13
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2009 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission).