Exodus 4:10-16 (CEB)
10 But Moses said to the LORD, “My Lord, I’ve never been able to speak well, not yesterday, not the day before, and certainly not now since you’ve been talking to your servant. I have a slow mouth and a thick tongue.”
11 Then the LORD said to him, “Who gives people the ability to speak? Who’s responsible for making them unable to speak or hard of hearing, sighted or blind? Isn’t it I, the LORD? 12 Now go! I’ll help you speak, and I’ll teach you what you should say.”
13 But Moses said, “Please, my Lord, just send someone else.”
14 Then the LORD got angry at Moses and said, “What about your brother Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak very well. He’s on his way out to meet you now, and he’s looking forward to seeing you. 15 Speak to him and tell him what he’s supposed to say. I’ll help both of you speak, and I’ll teach both of you what to do. 16 Aaron will speak for you to the people. He’ll be a spokesperson for you, and you will be like God for him.
Moses was being asked to take on Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh had an army and limitless power. Moses had a few sheep and some sort of speech impediment. In his mind, he couldn’t win, so he flat-out told God: I don’t want to go. Send somebody else.
Now hang on just a second! Who do you think you’re talking to here? This is the God who promised Noah safe passage through the flood…and then came through. This is the God who promised Abraham descendents…and then came through. Do you really think God is going to send you on this mission and then hang you out to dry? No wonder God was angry; Moses was offensive.
We know how the rest of the story goes. God backs up Moses with great power, and allows him to gain freedom for the Hebrews and lead them to the Promised Land.
When has God really come through for you? Have you thanked God for that? Are you having trouble believing God can get you through a current situation? Have you sought after God? Is there something God has asked you to do? Have you put your trust in God?
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