Say Yes To God – August 19, 2016

Exodus 4:14, Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses…

The current sermon series at Cottonwood titled “Navigating Life’s Journey” focuses on answering God’s call on your life. Probably the greatest biblical example of this is Moses in Exodus 3 where God speaks to Moses from the burning bush. God essentially said, “Moses, I’ve seen the misery of My people, and I want you to go and rescue them from Egypt.” Moses responded exactly how most of us respond when God asks us to do something great for Him. Moses was afraid of failing; he doubted his own ability and wondered if he was good enough to get the job done.

Notice that during each and every one of those doubts God simply encouraged Moses that he could do it. However, God did get angry over one thing that Moses said and did. Eventually, Moses confessed that he did not want to do what God asked of him. Moses was unwilling to answer God’s call. The Bible says, then God was angry with Moses. Just like with Moses, God never gets angry with us when we doubt our own abilities or are afraid of failure; however, God does get angry when, like Moses, we are simply unwilling to answer His call. My message for us today is that God completely understands our fears and doubts. In fact, He offers encouragement and strength to overcome doubts. We don’t have to trust our own abilities, trust God’s ability to do above and beyond what we could ever think or imagine. This weekend, say yes to God and be blessed for it.

Think about that and have a blessed weekend!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D