Monday, March 25, 2019
As we continue our study on faith, specifically looking at the life of Moses, we see him giving all kinds of excuses to the Lord because he was afraid to do what God had asked him to do. Moses has tried to declare himself a nobody, to claim theological ignorance, to claim to have no authority, and now today he claims to be a poor public speaker.
Exodus 4:10-12 Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
In other words, Moses is saying, “Even if I did have the theological knowledge and the authority to speak it, I still can’t do it because I speak so poorly.” Moses tells God, “I got no grammar and people are bored when I talk.”
I am overjoyed at how much I learn from people who claim to not be able to teach. I am blessed by the things people say when those same people claim they don’t know enough to be a blessing to others. Why are we so afraid to speak up when our hearts are overflowing with God’s truth and blessings?
Here’s the lesson of faith for today: God gives us what we need to say, and also teaches us how to say it so that it is understood. I think this happens in two ways, both of which are totally the work of God.
- God’s Spirit empowers our thoughts and our tongues and brings clarity of thought and speech
- God’s Spirit prepares the heart of the hearer to be touched by what He says through us.
Moses needed to understand that when God calls someone to a specific task, He has already made provision for every detail of that task to be accomplished according to His purpose. Nothing is left to chance, and nothing is dependent upon our ability. All God asks for is our availability. He simply wants us to go. He will handle all the details.
There are many of you reading this today who have missed out on some tremendous blessings by not becoming teachers and preachers. There have been many opportunities for you to do it, but you have always responded with a “No!” because you have based your decision on your own analysis of your abilities rather than on God’s ability to equip you.
Isn’t it time to let God stretch you? Get out of your comfort zone. Stop asking all the “Who, why, where, and how?” questions. The only valid question for us to ask is “What?” “What do you want me to do?” God is the Who. He knows the where and the why. He is responsible for the how. Mature faith only asks the what. So, beginning today, when God tells us what He wants us to do, just go, believing He will provide all the rest.