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Please Send Someone Else

  • Moses said to Yahweh, "Oh, Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before now, nor since you have spoken to your servant; for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue." Yahweh said to him, "Who made man's mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn't it I, Yahweh? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what you shall speak." He said, "Oh, Lord, please send someone else." Exodus 4:10'13 WEB.

    When Moses was born, his parents were enslaved by the Egyptians. A law in Egypt required male Hebrew children to be thrown into the Nile River at birth. Fortunately for Moses, his clever mother placed a basket under him first.

    As Moses drifted down the crocodile-infested river, Pharaoh's daughter found him and raised him as her own child. So Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince in the house of Pharaoh and received an education his mother could have never given him.

    When Moses was around forty years old, he went out to see his people, the Hebrews. He saw an Egyptian taskmaster cruelly beating an enslaved Hebrew, so Moses tried to stop him. They got into a struggle, and Moses killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.

    The next time Moses came to visit, two Hebrews fought each other. So he tried to break them up. One of them asked him, "Who made you a prince and judge over us? Do you plan to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?"

    The news about the dead Egyptian had begun to spread. When Pharaoh learned of it, Moses had to flee from Egypt. He lived as a humble shepherd in the land of Midian for forty years. Moses married a wife and began raising a family there. He got on with his life, but eventually, God came calling.

    God had prepared Moses throughout his life. The Lord had invested a lot of time in the "Moses Project." He had provided Moses with an education and a desire to deliver his people. He taught him humility and patience while leading a flock of wandering sheep for decades. Moses no longer had any personal ambition or agenda to fulfill. He was eighty years old, washed up, a broken man, and now ready for God to use. The Lord had prepared him for this day.

    That's when the Lord showed up and made His request. He told Moses to go back to Egypt, but Moses told Him, "Please send someone else" (Exodus 4:13). Looking back over his past failures, Moses just didn't feel up to the task anymore. He looked at himself as having to be the deliverer and remembered the last time he tried that. Moses no longer wanted to go, but it was now time, and God refused to take no for an answer.

    In my own life, I experienced something very similar. When I was about twenty, I wanted to be in ministry so badly. I attended seminary, got ordained, and felt like I knew a lot. But after I graduated, I found all the doors to ministry supernaturally closed. I ended up pumping septic tanks, digging foundations, pressure washing, polishing brass, building and painting houses, and playing music. Whatever it took to pay the bills.

    Years passed, and the Lord nudged me into working on computers, programming, and website building. Eventually, I forgot about being in ministry at all. I failed to see that He was busy preparing me the entire time with the skills I would need. When it seemed like I had forgotten everything I had learned and felt unprepared, He suddenly pushed me into full-time ministry. I was forty-five. I no longer wanted to go, and I wished that He would just "send someone else." Suffice it to say that He can be persistent, and here I am.

    I had spent years working on computer networks and volunteering as a technical director at local churches. Those skills are vital to what we are doing today. My time in music prepared me to write and record original songs. The things I learned in construction allow me to fix the floor when it sags or the roof when it leaks. Nothing is wasted.

    God is always preparing and educating you for what is coming. Sometimes, the most humble position will teach you things the most significant college cannot. When a door closes, you should get excited. You have graduated from that class and are now going to learn something new.

    When God starts talking about your future, don't start talking about your past. That's what our enemy does. He will always remind you of your past, failures, and weaknesses. "Look at you! You can't do this! There is no hope! Why bother? Just quit." That's the wrong voice to listen to.

    The Lord will always speak about your future. It doesn't matter what you may have done yesterday. Today is a new day, the first one of the rest of your life. Every time I stumbled and came back to the Lord, He wanted to talk about my future, not my past. He is the God of today, and He brings restoration and hope with Him.

    God will never give up on you. The silent times are just a part of your education. So don't give up. Just take it one day at a time. We will continue learning as long as we live here because God's knowledge is infinite. We still have a long way to go. This is your life passing by. Pay attention to what is happening in it. You will use it in the future.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please teach me all I need to know and put me where You want me to be. I choose to trust You with my life. I am Yours, Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Nov 11
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Nov 11
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

I am starting to see clearly now! praying it was just a sient time, thank you Father and Amen!

Nov 11
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Praise the Lord!

Nov 11
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Nov 11
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen!

Nov 11
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Shara Abel
Shara Abel

Another great message of hope.  Thank you Pastor. 

Nov 11
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Father forgive my sins. My thoughts war against me and my wife.  I bind up every wicked scheme, every thought, every sin every ungodly action and word spoken against us in Jesus Christ powerful Name. I cast them, you satan back to the pit of hell. We're the children of the Most High God. We have authority over you devil. Leave us alone.
We lay down at the foot of the Cross...the words and actions from those closest to us (family members) which have hurt us on purpose or not.. help us walk-in forgiveness and not to allow them to hurt us today. Father help us keep our eyes on You Lord. For this is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. I lift up my wife. Ease her pain and suffering. Cover her, us with Your grace. Strengthen us both as we suffer acute chronic pain. Help her be strong. I pray for her back surgery next Wednesday. That it will go quickly without complications. 
pour out Your Spirit upon us both. Fill our hearts w praise as we say Jesus is Lord. He is Lord over our suffering. We love You...in Jesus Christ Name. 

Nov 11
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Praying for you and your wife David and for her surgery next week.  Give God all the praise and glory,  Amen 

Nov 11
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David Krull
David Krull

Thank you

Nov 12
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Praying  with you brother. God is our hope. 

Nov 11
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David Krull
David Krull

thank you 

Nov 12
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

David I am praying for you and Vera.

Nov 11
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David Krull
David Krull

Thanks Lynn

Nov 12
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father, please teach me all I need to know and put me where You want me to be. I choose to trust You with my life. I am Yours, Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Nov 11
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Jesus name I pray this, Amen. 

Nov 11
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen I am yours Father 

Nov 11
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Amen! Love the devotional- thank you 

Nov 11
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I trust You with my life, Father! Amen.

Nov 11
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Nov 11
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Nov 11
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

Nov 11
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Nov 11
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen 

Nov 11
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Nov 12
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I love this, Pastor Dion: "We will continue learning as long as we live here because God's knowledge is infinite."  What an encouragement and a motivation for facing today! Thank you. Lord, keep me expectant and faithful in my training today. Amen

Nov 13
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Nov 20