This passage picks up in the conversation between God and Moses, with Moses’ protesting with objections as to why he would be a poor choice to serve as God’s agent in delivering His people. Moses’ reasons for protest ranged from skepticism over how he would be received, to lack of his ability to successfully serve in the role. God patiently heard Moses’ pleas, and He provided divine equipping to meet each of those needs.
Read Exodus 4:1-9:
- What fear motivated Moses’ concern? How did God respond to him?
- What does God’s response tell us about how we might overcome our own fears of failure?
- Can you relate to Moses’ fear? What is your biggest fear when it comes to speaking to others about God’s kingdom?
Read Exodus 4:10-16:
- How does knowing that God will be with us (v. 12) give us confidence to face our fears?
- What final excuse does Moses make in these verses?
- How do we see God’s mercy in the way He responds to these excuses?
- In what ways does God’s revelation to Moses point us to the good news of Jesus Christ?
Taking it home:
- Why do you think God likes to do His work through ordinary people?
- Who are the people that God has placed in your life that encourage and enable you to be faithful to what he has called you to do?
- What God-sized tasks or opportunities are you hesitant to say yes to because of uncertainty or feelings of insecurity and inadequacy?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Psalm 35 • 2 Corinthians 12:5-10 • Psalm 71 • 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2 • Psalm 145 • Matthew 28:1-11.