Short Thought continued.....
I'm not very good with words
In the book of Hebrews Moses is named with other champions of faith.
He is commended for his choices, values and actions (Hebrews 11:24-28).
Throughout the book of Exodus we read of the life of Moses:
the man who encountered God at the burning bush;
the man to whom God revealed his name, 'I am who I am',
and gave the miraculous signs of a staff becoming a snake
and Moses' hand becoming leprous then being restored (Exodus 3-4).
Yet even after this, Moses questions God saying:
'“O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now,
even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”'
(Exodus 4:10 NLT)
God rebukes this statement and promises to give Moses the words to say.
Moses still questions God, and asks for someone else to be sent.
God grants this request: Aaron will be sent but with Moses;
God will still give the words to Moses, but Aaron will speak these words to the people. (Exodus 4:11-16).
Like Moses, there are many times when I think ‘I am not very good with words’.
I make excuses: “Lord, others are more extrovert, more confident, more experienced
and can speak more eloquently than I.”
How many times do we question if it is me God wants to use and speak through.
We can look at our own perceived inadequacies and failures rather than
looking to the One who created us, and is asking us to partake in His work.
God promised Moses
'"I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”'
(Exodus 4:12 NLT)
The promise of God's presence, instruction and equipping was not just for Moses
and others who were commended as champions of faith; it is for us as well.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that You promise to be with me and to instruct and equip me
for the ways You choose to use me. Amen.
Thought: In what situation do I need to say “Yes” to God, rather than question Him?