“Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, 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 human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’”
I love this passage in Exodus (4:10-11). The dialogue between Moses and the Lord is so humorous, but also so familiar to me. To think that Moses, the man who is about to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt, is coming to the Lord and saying that he is ill-equipped blows my mind. When I’m reading this passage the only thing that keeps running through my head is ‘You have no idea what the Lord is about to do through you.’
Isn’t it funny how we read stories in the bible and so often want to grab these people by the neck and say “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?” but when we relate it to our lives we realize that we are more like these knuckle heads in the bible than we thought. That’s what I love about the bible and the people in it; they’re all so lost. The Lord chose to use some of the most dysfunctional people ever to live out his story, and he wants to do the same with us.
How many times have we let our insecurities (that aren’t from the Lord, by the way) get in the way of what The Lord wants to do in our lives? I know for me it has been far too many times. I forget to realize that the God who handcrafted me is the same God who wants to use me. This is also the same God who, like I mentioned earlier, used people just like me to do mighty mighty things for his Kingdom.
The thing about it is, God doesn’t need us. He chooses to use us out of pure grace. He knows that when our lives are abandoned to Him and his plans is when we will be the most fulfilled. Not because he has to, but because he wants to. That is his character.
Another thing that stuck out to me in these two verses is what God said to Moses at the end of his statement: “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Not only does the Lord handcraft us exactly how he wants us, but he equips us. Those of us who have lived since the cross and are Christ followers have the awesome gift of the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us, and we say we aren’t equipped to do his work? Come on.
Needless to say, this passage pumps me up. It also convicts the living daylights out of me. Disciples, let’s do just as God said to Moses, let’s go. Let’s listen to his call and be ready to serve. Let’s trust that he knows us better than we know ourselves and that his plan is perfect. Let’s not just trust, but let’s see some faith in action [James 1:22].