I’m humbled by Moses’ ask of having Aaron speak for him. It’s so easy to think “Why would Moses wimp out? He had it easy because he knew God was with him.”
You know what? So do we.
When we over-romanticize who God was to people in stories we know so well—too well even—we under-appreciate just how “for us” God is, just how “with us” God is.
No one else would have chosen people like a guy hiding in a winepress or an ignored prophet/evangelist or a Hebrew baby in a basket. These are the people who likely would have been the last picked during team drafts on a schoolyard field. Yet, God chose them. And sometimes, they didn’t choose God back to the extent He called them. Sometimes lust was more important than God’s call. Sometimes grudges were more important. Sometimes family loyalties were more important than His call. They didn’t always respond how they should have, yet God still called them.
Their lives weren’t any easier than ours, and they weren’t given ideal circumstances to work with either. Their world was also broken. They didn’t always have the clear roadmaps we’d like to think they did. Our reading of their accounts is the mile-marker events, not the moment-by-moment frustrations and doubt. We see in black ink on thin pages the ways that God showed up in their lives, while somehow falsely believing that they had something with God that we lack, something that will always be out of our reach. That’s looking at their stories in the wrong direction, with the wrong focus. Their stories include them, but their stories are about God and His character and kindness and His desire is to do major transformations.
Our stories are really about God, too, if we’d only say “yes” to Him.
These people were people whom God called to do something—and they answered.
If God ever wrote a Bible compendium with out-takes and behind-the-scenes stories, I wonder how many people would be in there whom He called but they turned Him down flat. You ever wonder that? Being omnipotent, God could clearly and reasonably skip that step, but even with knowing we’d ultimately choose some ripe-looking fruit over Him from the get-go, I can’t help but be blown away that God still asks; He still offers the opportunity. He still pursues us.
He has more faith in us than we’re capable of having in Him.
What if God had asked someone before the people in the stories we know so well?
It makes you wonder.
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