I was contemplating what finally convinced Moses to do what God called him to do.
In Exodus 3 we read that the burning bush got his attention but not obedience:
2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing
fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement.
Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.
3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that
bush burning up? I must go see it.”
But that didn't convince him... what it did do was get his attention so God could speak to him.
4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer
look, God called to him from the middle of the bush,
Despite all the miracles God showed him, Moses continued to protest his Divine appointment. Even the prospect of death by leprosy didn't fully convince him of God's call.
In fact, it would seem that God even got angry with Moses:
12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will
instruct you in what to say.” 13 But Moses again
pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” 14 Then
the Lord became angry with Moses.
I' m not sure, but in my opinion, I think that perhaps Moses didn't really fully accept his call until after the parting of the Red Sea. (cause Aaron seemed to do everything until then) I have
never really contemplated that God gets angry when we protest..... But earthly parents get angry when their children protest so why can't God???
I have always thought and believed that it is OK to wrestle with God just as Jacob did. But God can't bless those who are wrestling....(Proverbs 10:28 AMP). He only blesses those who HOLD on... He didn't bless Jacob while they were wrestling. He only blessed him when he held on and refused to let go....
God doesn't want to fight with us about surrender. God wants us to grab hold of our calling and hold on to so tightly that He can bless us....