Hearing God’s Call

Rob Donoho

Read: Exodus 4:1-17

Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.'” (v. 1)

In Exodus 3-4, God made it obvious that he was calling Moses to return to Egypt. Moses had plenty of reasons not to answer God’s call. However, Moses eventually obeyed and God blessed an entire nation.

While I haven’t seen any burning bushes, I have sensed God’s call to serve. Last year, I sensed his call as a mission team spoke to our church about their work building homes in Mexico. I had occasionally thought about serving on a mission trip, but something always came up to prevent me from going.

I wasn’t totally ignoring God’s call. In my church I served as an elder and deacon, helped lead the men’s ministry, taught Sunday school, and led small groups. I had even led a capital campaign to grow the church. Surely, I had done enough! Besides, I didn’t know much about construction and probably wouldn’t be much help to a build team. And at 56 years of age, wasn’t I a little too old for doing hard physical labor? (Call me Moses!)

We all have good reasons to avoid answering God’s call, but if we don’t answer it, we may miss out on an incredible blessing. God doesn’t want part of our heart. He wants it all. Are you willing to completely surrender your will to God’s call? —Rob Donoho

Prayer: Father, forgive me when I refuse to listen to you. Give me the courage and strength to obey, whatever it may be.