EDITORIAL: Are you a Moses or an Aaron?
I often worry about what God wants of me. Usually He speaks to me in very subtle ways, without a booming voice saying "I want you to do this or that." I get thoughts that just won't leave me.
God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush and told Moses in an audible voice what He wanted of him. What was Moses' reaction? O Lord, please send someone else to do it… (Exodus 4)
Moses was saved by the Hand of God when he was a baby. God arranged for Moses to be raised and educated as a son of Pharaoh's daughter. This meant that Moses had all the benefits of the best education of the Egyptians. Now God was asking him to go back to Egypt and confront Pharaoh about the Israelites. Moses was the man who was best qualified to do this job.
But Moses hesitated and gave a reason for his unwillingness: "O Lord, I am slow of speech and tongue… In other words - send someone else. Then God said: What about your brother, Aaron?
God always has an Aaron standing by. The Aaron God uses will not be His first choice to do the job but he will accomplish His purpose. It is not that God could not have used Aaron in the first place, or for that matter not have worked it out so that Aaron had been the one raised in Pharaoh's house, but that was not His plan. His plan was for Moses to do this job.
God had already worked out the details as we see from Moses’ experience. Aaron is already on His way to meet you, Moses. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. Instead of just sending Aaron He sent Aaron and Moses. This time Moses did not refuse.
We are not this lucky most times. When we refuse God's request, He still turns to Aaron, but most of the time He sends only Aaron and we totally miss out on what blessing would have been ours.
Some people in our church are like Moses and some others are like Aaron, not His first choice to do something specific in our church. If you thing you are a Moses and refuse to follow God’s call, He will find an Aaron, maybe not as well qualified, but the job will be done. Will be done, but you will be responsible for all that God invested in you and are unused for His glory…
So which are you? A Moses, who is reluctant to follow God's leading? Or an Aaron, who although not God's first choice was willing to step up and do the job? There is a third choice, which is what we should all strive to be; a Moses, who says "Yes Lord, I am uncomfortable, but I will follow where you lead."