SCRIPTURE: Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” 4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. 7 And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their [a]sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt; 17 and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” ’ 18 Then they will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’ 19 But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. 20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. 22 But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.” Exodus 3, also read Exodus Chapters 4-5
Those whom God has chosen to save are also His first choices to be used to serve Him for His purposes in this world. We see in the life of Moses that we can’t run or hide from the assignments that God has determined for us and there are no excuses that are good enough for His children to say “No” to Him. We often forget that the thought of us as the redeemed children of God was a decision made long before we were born, and it will stand no matter what. Why is there often a struggle to say “Yes” to the God we say we believe in to save us? More specifically, to say and obey the kind of “Yes” He requires as opposed to the kind of “Yes” that is not serious or committed to finish the tasks we start for Him. What is true of many of us is that we don’t always say a clear “No,” but we assent to God on our terms or conditions we want Him to accept.
God’s call of Moses causes us to remember that the choice is for God’s work and not our own apart from Him. Moses’ questions reveal that he struggled with the “I” syndrome which makes us see all of our inadequacies, shortcomings, fears, and past failure apart from the sufficiency that God supplies to our “Yes” to Him (Exodus 2:11-15; 3:10-15). It is not who we have been, but who we can become in the Hands of God using us for His work.
If God can use anybody, why not you? All He has ever used are any bodies who were nobodies before He touched their lives for a relationship with Him. He said to Moses, and it is critical we always remember, “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”… They are great names to us, but they were ordinary men who said ‘Yes’ to God. Our God’s faithfulness to them was greater than their faithfulness to Him, and even when they fell in faithlessness to Him, He remained faithful because He could not deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). He will be the same kind of God to Moses and to us as we walk by faith in obedience to serve Him as He leads us into His will for His glory.
Prayer: Almighty God our Father, we thank You for the patience You show to us in our slowness to obey what you expect of us. Please forgive us for our sins of resistance and reluctance to do Your will through our lives. May our eyes and our hearts become wide open toward You that You will have good pleasure in a generation that is committed to serving You.
In Jesus our Lord’s Name, amen.
By Pastor Wayne Cockrell


Deborah Whye - January 3rd, 2024 at 5:38am

Amen! Lord whenever you choose me, I want to be obedient to do whatever it is!!!

Lisa Williams - January 3rd, 2024 at 7:41am

Forgive us Lord; we have no excuse. Since we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, Lord help us to “rise early” to serve You in the only way You have called!

Cheryl Torain - January 3rd, 2024 at 1:44pm

Thank You Lord for another opportunity to say "YES"!!!

M. and D. B. - January 4th, 2024 at 8:28am


Paula S - January 8th, 2024 at 7:20am

Amen, and when You choise to use us Lord, may we be found faithful.






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