A boxing ring.  That is what I picture in my head every time I go toe-to-toe with God.  He asks something of me…I don’t want to do it…so he stands in the ring ready for me to hop in and fight it out.  At some point in my life, I will just decide to do it the first time and avoid the ring, but apparently all those accusations about me being stubborn were right.


I always take solace in the fact that Moses did the same thing.  In fact, Moses was a pro when it came to arguing with God.  He still lost…but he put up a good fight.


In Exodus 3, Moses has the infamous burning bush experience with God.  One of the most famous Old Testament stories is found here.  It also happens to be where we find Moses’ attempt to argue his way out of what God was calling him to.  After God tells Moses to free the people from slavery, he counters with a number of reasons why he should not be the one to do it.


  1. Who am I?
  2. Who are you?
  3. What if they don’t listen?
  4. I am not good at speaking


These are all similar reasons that we give when we don’t want to follow God aren’t they?  We don’t think we are worthy, we wonder if God is going to be able to work through us, we don’t think people will listen, or we just don’t think we can actually do what God is asking.  However, we all know that those are just a cover for the one thing we really want to say.  Fortunately, this is exactly what Moses asks when the other responses gained no traction.


  1. “Please, send someone else”


There it is!  That is what we are really saying when we argue with God isn’t it?  That is what I am really saying when I get in that imaginary boxing ring with God.  I say all kinds of stuff, but what it really comes down to is that I don’t actually want to do what God is asking of me.  Have you been there before?  Have you argued with God and come up with a million different arguments only to realize that what you are really saying is that you don’t want to do what He is calling you to do?


Maybe we would all be doing ourselves a favor if we just got to #5 a little quicker and owned the fact that we just don’t want to do it.  Maybe it would expedite the whole process.  Maybe it would allow God to grow us how He wants to grow us if we just got to the root of our arguments sooner rather than later.

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About the Author: Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson is the lead pastor of 2|42 Community Church where he is helping people take next steps with God. Prior to his time at 2|42, Tony served for 15 years in various capacities within the Methodist denomination. He has degrees in broadcasting and marketing from Vincennes University and Ball State University, and he’s also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. Tony is passionate about helping people discover and embrace their God-given purpose and potential. In his spare time, you can find Tony cheering on the Miami Dolphins or camping and fishing with his family.

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