Someone Else


One of my favorite biblical role models is Moses. God used him to lead his people out of slavery and into the promised land. Moses was humble; so humble that he was allowed to talk to God face to face. But he did have a bit of a rocky start. He wasn’t always an incredibly obedient man of God. When God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses searched for any excuse he could to get out of it. When no excuse seemed to be good enough he ended his evasiveness with these words in Exodus 4:13:

“But Moses said, ‘O Lord, please send someone else to do it.’”

Ultimately, he obeyed the Lord and, as a result, was so highly regarded by God that in the New Testament, when Jesus was miraculously transfigured on the mount of transfiguration, Jesus was only joined by two people; Elijah and Moses. But his spiritual journey didn’t start out very well. He said to God, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Then the Bible tells us that God burned with anger. When God asks you or me to do something, let us be quick to say “yes” and quick to be about it. It is my hope that God never hears those words come from my mouth, and I hope he’ll never hear them come from yours either.


Obedience to God should be the goal of every believer. When he asks us to do something, we shouldn’t be like Moses and shrink away from our calling. In Moses’ defense, what God was asking seemed incredibly challenging. I’m sure most of us would’ve been afraid too, even if we knew that God would be there with us. And I’m sure it turned out to be just as hard as Moses envisioned, but God doesn’t always call us to do things that are easy, comfortable, or even things that we are gifted at. Sometimes he calls us to do things that are difficult. But one thing we should always remember is that when God calls us to do something, he is always there leading us in the midst of it.