- Karen S. Clymer
BEWARE OF PRAYING FOR AN,'AARON'
It never ceases to amaze me when I hear anyone say they are, “praying for an ‘Aaron’,” because they believe they are inadequate to do what God is directing them to do. “What are they thinking?” If you are experiencing some misgivings be sure to do a careful reading of Moses decision to second guess God when He chose him to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt's bondage. Exodus: Chapters 3, 4, 24 and 32 NASB
It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen by God to go on a mission for Him. We should have a heart filled with gratitude that He has chosen to use us. Furthermore, since God is our Heavenly Father, we should immediately obey Him. Actually, God was VERY displeased and angry with Moses for insisting that He choose someone else. God knew exactly who Moses was and what he had and did not have. He wanted Moses just like he was and He would complete what he did not possess.
God answered loud and clear to every doubt and fear Moses had: What if they don’t believe me and won’t listen? What if they ask for my credentials? (i.e. “Who sent you?) I have no credibility. On and on but God would have none of it. To every fear and doubt he hurled at God, He answered definitively. “What is in your hand?” It was a rod, just a stick, but God had him cast it on the ground and miraculously turned it into a snake. Then commanded Moses to pick it up which he did and it became a rod again. He then turned his hand leprous and then made it whole again. God clearly showed him He was the man he wanted and could use him if he would be willing and obedient. Still, Moses complained that he wasn’t a good speaker. God reminded him he had made his mouth and would be with him. Shockingly, Moses had the audacity to tell God to send his message by, “whomever you will.” He seemed to be indicating he wouldn’t do it—get someone else.
God’s anger burned against Moses. Those are frightening words, but it happened only when he doubted God and did not honor God with humble and joyful obedience. It is disrespectful and dishonorable to delay to obey or refuse to obey God and still call Him Father. It also has undesirable consequences. In Moses case, he may have thought he had it made when God said he would send Moses brother Aaron to speak for him, which he did. God would tell Moses what he wanted said and Moses would tell Aaron who then would be the speaker. It seemed to work for Moses as long as Aaron was with him. But wait --
The scene changes dramatically with Exodus 32 when the Lord God said to Moses to come up to Him on the mountain and remain there, and He would give him the stone tablets with the law and the commandment which He had written for their instruction. Moses went with Joshua his servant, up to the mountain of God. What a sight as the cloud covered the mountain; the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai. To the eyes of the people the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top. Moses entered the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Moses had left clear instructions that Aaron and Hur were in charge should they have any legal issues while he was away. It is a shocking thing to read that these people wearied of waiting on Moses and insisted Aaron make them a god to go before them insisting they didn’t know what had happened to Moses. There is no mention that Aaron reminded them that God was giving Moses His commandments and instruction for their wellbeing. Instead, he complied with their wishes and had them give him their gold ear rings, melted them and fashioned a calf which they worshipped. Aaron did NOT have the character needed to lead these people and brought the wrath of God down on the children of Israel. How different things could have been if Moses had immediately leaped with joy and obeyed the Lord.
This is in stark contrast is the example of Isaiah, Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 NASB. It is clear, crystal clear to me to be quick to obey. How encouraging to know that we can let go and let God use us. Whatever we have, we simply present it to Him to be used by Him for His glory. It is dishonoring and insulting to tell God our shortcomings and that He has chosen the wrong person. He is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Who are we to lodge a protest? Let Him use us. How much more can be done for Him when we immediately obey. And, how blessed to be used of Him. When we obey Him fully by offering ourselves in complete obedience to be used of Him, He completes what we lack.
Are you praying for an, ‘Aaron’? If so, please stop NOW. Be an obedient and your gratitude to God. Be an Isaiah and joyfully pray, “Lord, send me.” It brings joy to the heart of God and to you, His child.