Are you pushing pause in areas of your life and making excuses you consider to be valid because we’re in the middle of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. If so, it’s okay to push pause. In fact, taking time to pause on a daily basis is important. We need to take the time to commune with the Creator of all things, the Lord and the Giver of Life. As we commune we have an opportunity to pray and receive instructions. The instructions we receive are given with the intention that they be followed. Can you follow instructions?
This morning I pushed pause. After I prayed, I heard a voice say, “Stop Making Excuses and GO!” I asked for clarity and I was lead to the Book of Exodus chapters 3 and 4. The primary theme of the Book of Exodus is deliverance. The main character is the prophet Moses. Moses was born a Hebrew slave who was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He received the best of everything and was destined for greatness. Then he became a murderer and a fugitive. Some of us know what it’s like to be a fugitive. We’re running from our past or we’re worried that someone may see us and recognize who we are. Perhaps this is because we don’t recognize who we are. We may see ourselves like Moses saw himself as an unlikely candidate for the job God has for us.
Moses fled to the land of Midian, married the priest of Midian’s daughter and became a shepherd. While in Midian Moses was on pause. Then he had his burning bush experience. Moses noticed that the bush was burning but it was not consumed. When he sought to understand why the bush was not consumed God spoke to him about how he would be used to deliver God’s people from bondage. Moses responded with excuses. He thought that he wasn’t qualified and that he lacked the skills to get the job done. God told him to Stop Making Excuses and Go. As Moses followed God’s instructions he was qualified and developed the skills he needed for the job.
If you are having a burning bush experience right now in which you feel that you are the bush that is burning, know that God is with you and God is able to deliver you in the midst of your circumstances. Push pause, listen to God’s instructions and follow them. Trust that you will not be consumed. Stop Making Excuses and Go! Have faith in God! It is impossible to please God without it. (Hebrews 11:6) Faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26) If you would like to talk about how you can Stop Making Excuses and Go, contact Rev. Salia at firstname.lastname@example.org.