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Arguing with God
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
January 11, 2023

Do you ever argue with God about how big and complicated his calling is and how small and unprepared you are? Maybe you’ve read those simple words in your Bible—“Give to the poor. Seek justice. Forgive those who sin against you. Respect your husband. Love your wife. Honor your father and mother”—but immediately objected, “How God? How could I ever do that?”

If you ever argue with God, you’re going to love Moses. Most people picture Moses as the Ten Commandment-carrying, confident, called, bold, bearded, “Let my people go!” guy. But he wasn’t. In fact, he was the opposite of most of the descriptions you just read. Moses was reluctant and afraid. His big toes were red and raw from dragging his sandaled feet when God called him to confront the pharaoh.

So how did Moses end up doing it? Here’s how: “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you’” (Exodus 3:11,12). That was God’s answer to Moses’ argument. “No, Moses, you are not all that special or strong or gifted, but that’s okay. Because I’m going with you.”

God still says that, you know. When forgiving her or loving him or helping them feels impossible, our Father responds, “You’re right. It would be impossible for you. Thankfully, you won’t be alone. I will be with you.” That’s how God ends the argument. He promises to be present.

How would things change if you remember that today?

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