No More Retro Excuses!

Our text today is found in Exodus 6. We’re looking at verses 6-10 and 26-30. It reads: 10 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, 11 “Go and tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go from his land.” 12 But Moses said in the Lord’s presence:” If the Israelites will not listen to me, then how will Pharaoh listen to me, since I am such a poor speaker?” 13 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them commands concerning both the Israelites and Pharaoh king of Egypt to bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. 26 It was this Aaron and Moses whom the Lord told,” Bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt according to their divisions.” 27 Moses and Aaron were the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt in order to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. 28 On the day the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 He said to him,” I am Yahweh; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I am telling you.” 30 But Moses replied in the Lord’s presence,” Since I am such a poor speaker, how will Pharaoh listen to me?”

In these verses Moses continued to clearly say, “I suck at speaking!” And in doing that He failed to grasp the full significance of what God had just revealed to him. Of course we never do that – right – right – of course we do. Often we fail to realize or forget the critical truth that God is working in us and through us when he calls us to do something. Too often we lose sight of the fact that it’s not about our own strength, will, and determination.

And so in today’s taste of Torah we see Moses giving another one of his retro excuses – retro excuses; excuses where he regressed to old patterns of behavior; excuses he used to try get out of doing what God wanted him to be doing; lame excuses he was throwing out there despite God’s promise to deliver the Israelites from their Egyptian bondage; and excuses which reflected an erroneous self-perception characterized by a profound sense of LACK – as in a lack of the right stuff!

For example, previously in the book of Exodus Moses expressed a lack of ability –“who am I that I should go,” a lack of words –“what shall I say,” a lack of authority –“they won’t believe me,” a lack of power in his speech – “I’m not eloquent,” a lack of confidence – “send somebody else,” and also despair over a lack of success in his first attempt to do what God told him to do. And then in verse 12 of this chapter, there’s a lack of acceptance“If the Israelites don’t listen to me why should Pharaoh listen to me!”

Here’s the deal: In the same way that Moses eventually overcame his complaining about his lack of whatever, which was part of his tendency to regress to old patterns of behavior; we also need to overcome our complaining about our lack of whatever which is part of our tendency to regress to old patterns of behavior. And how do we do that? Simply this:  We run our spiritual race with endurance.  We make an intentional and proactive effort to remove and avoid any and every sin that so easily corrupts the moment by moment choices we make when doing life.  So here’s the $64,000.00 question:  How do we do this in a way that corresponds with our complete and utter dependence upon God?  Answer: We keep our eyes focused on Yeshua – Jesus – who is the source and perfecter of our faith!  And as we get in the regular habit of doing that, we will more consistently do what God wants us to do, why, because we’ll be saying to our self, “No more, no more retro excuses!”

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