(By Ricky Scaparo) I believe many people today are asking the Lord for someone or something to help “enable” them in their assignments but unfortunately, end up “disabling” their walk with God! Most of us are familiar with the story of how Moses was called by God in the Wilderness by the Lord revealing himself through a “Burning Bush.” But few have probably seen what I am about to show you. First off we know that Moses ended up in the Wilderness after an altercation in Egypt that ended up with Moses accidentally murdering an Egyptian. This situation drove him to a place of solitude where God would eventually call him. Now I could preach a message from this alone, but we will touch on that later. While Moses was in the Wilderness the Bible tells us that the following took place:
Exodus 3:1-10 -Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now, therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
I wanted to give you this lengthy passage of Scripture to build a foundation for where we will go next. The next part is where I believe Moses got himself in trouble, and many of us have made this same mistake in our walk with the Lord. When we continue in Chapter three of the Book of Exodus, we will discover that Moses, like many of us began to make excuses for why he couldn’t do what God called him to do. Nothing new right? However, it was when Moses asked the Lord to bring Aaron along to enable him to fulfill his calling is when he snared his walk, and it wouldn’t be evident until later on in his ministry.
Moses along with Aaron eventually led the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage and ended up at Mount Sanai where Moses would be called to go to the top of the mountain and have a private meeting with the Lord to gather the commandments and deliver them to the people when he would return from the mountain. It was then according to Genesis chapter 32 that the following took place:
Exodus 32:1-6 – Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace-offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Notice that the very thing that Moses pleaded with God all the way back when the Lord first called him to the assignment had ended up being the very thing that would become a snare to him! You see I believe the Lord never intended for Moses to be connected to Aaron and run with him in ministry or to fulfill his assignment but just like many of us we become gripped with fear and compromise which results in doing things our own way, and resulting in us grasping for something to enable us which many times ends with terrible consequences. I’m pretty sure if Moses had known that Aaron would be directly responsible for helping the children of Israel fall into idolatry he would have never chosen him, to begin with. Aaron could have easily rebuked the people when they came to him demanding that an idol is erected, However Aaron capitulated instead.
Now I have to ask you, How many times has God called you to an assignment and you have made excuses why you couldn’t do it? But even more troubling is how many people has the Lord told you to separate from, but you have convinced yourself that you need them to finish your race? When in reality they end up being a snare to you down the road. How many people you know that were warned of relationships they shouldn’t have been in, or people they shouldn’t have partnered in a ministry with or a business deal? Remember friend If God has called you to do something don’t make excuses and don’t rely on someone or something else that you have convinced yourself will enable you to complete the assignment because many times the very person or thing you were convinced was needed was the very person or thing that became the demise.