but but but

Then Moses replied, “But what if they don’t believe me or pay attention to me? They might say to me, ‘The LORD didn’t appear to you!’” (Exodus 4:1 CEB)

This is more my kind if discernment. But…but…but…oh, I can find more excuses than a 6 yr old not wanting to go to bed.

I call it throwing fleeces, but I am not nearly as confident as Gideon. It is usually based in fear, like Moses. And, because God is gracious and patient (except in ex 4:11-still gracious, not so patient) I work through my excuses one by one in prayer.

And even when I say yes, after all my excuses, I am still not entirely convinced. So when I am out of excuses I step into the water in faith, hoping it doesn’t turn to blood, but open to the possibility that it will, knowing that I do not walk in alone.

Day 17: Exodus 3:1-4:17

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2 thoughts on “but but but

  1. Believe them, and pay attention to them, and all will work out fine.

    Two stories (both true).

    Where you are going they taught Phil Poole to slow down long enough to pray the daily office (true story!)

    Where you are going, one of them sold me a car for $1000 so I could do the Toronto Parish Training Program in Unionville (true story!) At the end of the TPTP I got $750 for it on a trade in. There’s no way I could have done the program without that kind soul.

    They have a long history of being very good to their clergy who are very good to them. But you’ve got to be very good to them. And you can do that.

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