Exodus 4:10-13, “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 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.’
“But Moses said, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. please send someone else.”
Not me Lord….Please send someone else!
How many times have we responded like Moses when we felt the urging from the Spirit of God for us to serve others, take a risk, or make a bold step because we feel unqualified and not empowered?
Full disclosure: I am writing this mainly to myself. But if you like me, tend to hold back from responding to God’s calling because you lack the courage, the wisdom, the experience, the education ….because you feel unqualified….come and exhort yourself with me.
Moses and weakness
Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law when he saw the burning bush. God appeared to him in the burning bush and told him that He was sending him to Egypt to bring out the oppressed Israelites.
“What if they don’t believe or listen to me?” He asked the Lord. (Exodus 4:1). God responded by giving him a couple of signs to perform when he gets there, which will make the elders believe that he was indeed sent by God.
Moses then replied, “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” (Vs 10).
God replied to Moses by stating his sovereignty. “Who gave human beings 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” (Vs 11-12). To which Moses replied, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
Moses’s reply to God is not strange to most of us. I have gone down that road in my writing journey. As I write this, it’s been four months since the last time I wrote on my blog. A lot of factors contributed to that, but the prominent ones were the feelings of inexperience and inadequacy.
God doesn’t call the equipped.
Christine Caine in her book “Undaunted” made this observation, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”
Throughout Scripture and history, God seems to have chosen the most unlikely and unqualified people to fulfill His plan and purpose on earth.
Rahab was a prostitute (Joshua 2:1), Paul was a persecutor (Acts 8:3, 9:1-2), David had an affair and was a murderer (2nd Samuel 11), Sarah was impatient (Genesis 16), Abraham was too old (Genesis 12), Miriam was a gossiper (Numbers 12:1-2), Aaron listened to the Israelites and made a golden calf for them to worship (Exodus 32), Jacob was a liar (Genesis 25-27), The disciples fell asleep when they were supposed to keep watch with Jesus (Mathew 26:36-46), Peter denied Jesus (Mathew 26:67-75), Jeremiah was too young (Jeremiah 1:6), Gideon was afraid (Judges 6:15), and Moses had a stuttering problem (Exodus 4:10).
Weakness is the way
God shows His power through weakness. It’s how He works.
2nd Corinthians 13:4, “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.”
Jesus chose a posture of weakness at the cross. As Charles Spurgeon puts it, “Our Lord Christ Jesus accomplished his mighty purpose by becoming weak, through his weakness he became able to suffer, and to die- in order to save us from the thralldom of sin.”
Jesus’s weakness at the cross is a model for Christian living. Weakness is therefore not a problem, but it’s the normal Christian life.
It’s okay to feel weak. In fact, it is good to feel weak because that way, our eyes will be fixed on the Lord, who is our strength.