Exodus 4 – Ability vs Availability

So many people feel too common, too plain, or too ordinary to do anything great. Others believe they could do something great, but they don’t want to go through the difficulties it would require.
Both were probably true of Moses. In Exodus chapter 4, Moses didn’t feel worthy or able to do what God was asking him to do. He was also aware of the great hardship and risk he would would have to face if he went back to do what God wanted him to do. This is probably why God assured Moses that those who once wanted to kill him were now dead. (Ex. 4:19)
What God had to get through to Moses (and to us) is that He is able, if we are available. God is able to supply anything we need to accomplish great things for him, but to do that, we must make available to Him all that we have (Ex. 4:2) and all we are (Ex. 4:6). If we want God to use us to do big things, we must offer up to Him both our possessions and our person.
God wants to do great things through us, and He’s willing and able to do so, but the question we have to answer is: Have we made ourselves and all we have completely available to Him, or are we holding on to things tightly, hoping He will use someone else. (Ex. 4:13)
God is completely able, but am I completely available? This is what makes the difference between a life of fulfillment and a life of regret.


Bret Legg is the Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.

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