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.” (NIV)
Exodus chapter four is about the excuses that Moses gave God when he was asked to go and approach the king of Egypt who was holding Israelites captive, and tell him to set the Israelites free. I can excuse Moses for giving excuses, because I too give mine when it comes to doing the will of God…and even doing the will of man, as in the excuses we give for not obeying traffic rules.
You would have to read your bible to get the array of excuses Moses had, you might even pity him, like I always had, until recently in Bible study we read this scripture, (huh, and to think I had always thought I had read all of Acts!)
Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. (NIV)
Compare and contrast those two scriptures…in one, Moses is complaining how he is not eloquent and in the next, we are told that he was powerful in speech and in action! How bizarre is that!
The truth is that since Moses had been adopted by the king’s daughter, he had received the best education and the best training in Egypt.
Yet, here is the man powerful in speech describing himself, “I have never been eloquent… I am slow of speech and tongue.”
That is pretty much the same way you and I describe ourselves to our own selves when God calls upon us to do something. We can list ten disqualifying factors in a minute!
Perhaps it is even as simple a task as organizing our families’ altars; a time to read scripture and pray together.
“But our timings are so different, “we might say.
“You know, our children are still quite young for this kind of thing,” how perfect that excuse sounds!
Sometimes we respond the same way when faced with difficult targets or challenges in our work places, our relationships, and even at school.
A clip that went viral on internet was about an artist who drew pictures of women’ faces as the women described themselves. He did not at all look at the women, only drew from the descriptions they gave of themselves. Later, persons who had been instructed to interact with the women described the women’s faces to the artist, and he drew a second picture of the women. The two pictures (one of a woman describing herself, and another of the woman as described by someone else) were put alongside each other. What do you suppose? The results brought tears to their eyes! You can watch that clip here.
As you have seen, the women described themselves less beautiful than they were!
You too, you are probably more beautiful than you think you are.
And you are probably more capable than you think you are.
Perhaps you even doubt your ability to live a Christian life, maybe you think you have gone too far into sin to be rescued, and maybe you think you would never make it because your wife/husband is not a Christian. Maybe you think all your friendships will be strained by that decision, maybe you are just sure you can’t.
But look at Moses.
You are probably more capable than you think you are.
No, scratch that. You are definitely more capable than you think you are!