by Randy Chambers, 2016-09-07
Exodus 4:10, NIV: 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.”
Imagine being asked to preach if you have never preached. Imagine still, that you have a fear of public speaking. What answer do you give to the one who has asked? Do you tell them that it is not your gift or your calling? Imagine being asked to do something outside your comfort zone that would be sure to cause you some anxiety just thinking about doing it. Perhaps you can relate to Moses and the trepidation he felt as God asked him to speak to Pharaoh. But God said to in reply to Moses, “Who gave human beings their mouths? …Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exo. 4:11-12). There will no doubt be times the Lord will ask you to do something that challenges you, or maybe even frightens you. But take hope in the words, “whomever God calls, He also equips.” Regardless of the task He asks of you--small or great--He is ready and able to help you to do it. It is not, after all, ourselves that we rely on; we rely on God for all things, in all things. And in so doing, He can use us in ways we would never have dreamed.