WHAT ABOUT MOSES?
“Now therefore go, and I will be your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
Exodus 4:12 (ESV)
Moses is one of the great characters of the Bible. His life, from birth to death, is arguably the most detailed life story in the Old and New Testaments. With all this press time comes a lot of the good, the bad, and the ugly. When my family discusses an issue, we like to use the phrase, “What about Moses?” No matter the circumstances, it always seems that a story from Moses can add some insight to a situation.
At Moses’ first encounter with God at the burning bush, he witnesses several miracles and is commissioned by God to deliver Israel from their bondage. Despite this marvelous experience, Moses still cries, “O Lord, please send someone else…” If you were in his shoes (or place, rather, since his sandals were removed at the time), what would your response have been? It certainly appears that Moses really dropped the ball when he chickened out and was only thinking of his insecurities.
Thankfully, our mistakes and insecurities do not limit God’s ability to use our lives for His glory. If you think that you have made a mistake that disqualifies you from God’s calling over your life, consider Moses. As you encounter your calling, are you feeling like he was feeling and only thinking about your problems (“I’m not a good speaker and no one will even believe me.”)? Happily, God’s grace is in your situation and he won’t leave you standing in front of Pharaoh with nothing to say.
Practical Application: Write down your insecurities. Beside every one, write down how God looks at them. If you are having difficulty seeing God’s viewpoint, talk about it with a trusted friend/mentor/small group leader.