Read Exodus 3: 7-12
[God] said, “I will be with you; and this shall be
the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when
you have brought the people out of Egypt,
you shall worship God on this mountain.”
I have flaws, and all too often I discover something new
that I cannot do well. My typical response is to spend my free
time lying in bed watching TV. I cannot fail there unless I fall
asleep and roll off the bed. Sometimes I use my weaknesses
as an excuse not to do something. Then I can say, “I can’t do
that because I’m too (fill in the blank).”
Many people in the Bible made excuses, including Moses.
When God saw the oppression of the Israelites and wanted
Moses to lead them out of Egypt, Moses protested, “Who am
I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of
Egypt?” Moses’ excuse sounds a lot like the excuses I make.
“I can’t do it. I’ve got too many flaws. You’re going to have to
ask someone else.” But God reassured Moses and me:
“I will be with you.”
Sometimes we focus
on our flaws and think
that we are not smart
enough, talented enough,
or eloquent enough. But
God doesn’t make us
smarter or more talented or more articulate. Instead, God
promises to remain with us, which is all we need.
Prayer: Dear God, continue to be with us and give us all we
need to do your will. Amen.
Bob La Forge (New Jersey)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE IN NEED OF COURAGE
— Exodus 3: 12 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
God does not erase my flaws
but goes with me and fills
me with courage.