God had been so patient with Moses. But at some point questions and concerns give way to excuses: “Please, Lord, send someone else” (v. 13). He addressed God with a term of submission in “Lord,” but his heart was far from submissive. And so, God’s anger burned against Moses. Here we might fall into the common trap of seeing God in the Old Testament as a temperamental, volatile God, but that notion is quickly put to rest in the latter part of verse 14: God provided Aaron to help him.
Yes, we can take our sincere questions and concerns to God. He welcomes our desire to understand Him and His plans better—when they come from a yielded heart. Our Father is kind, but He is not One to be trifled with. And yes, God’s grace and mercy are unending. Even when we are under His discipline, His love prevails.
What sincere questions might you be holding back from God, and at the same time, what excuses might you be offering Him?