BIBLE READING|EXODUS 4:10-12
10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and [a]slow of tongue.” 11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
Moses may not have really been a stammerer as we know it today. Acts 7:22 says Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and
was mighty, in words and in deeds. The Message version of the bible says in vs.10, “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me.”
Moses was definitely not eloquent, and thought to use this as an excuse to ‘dodge’ God’s assignment!
Why then would Moses claim he was not eloquent? It could be he felt he was not an orator or fluent enough to speak in the king’s palace.
This kind of timidity and self-defeatist attitude is in many people – an inferiority complex that causes many to achieve nothing and lose out.
There are many people today who exhibit various feelings of inadequacy. They shut their mouths when God expects them to speak loud.
They hold back the word of correction because they don’t want to offend anybody.
They see the opportunity to condemn sin, correct the sinner and help restore him/her back unto God in love, but instead they decide to play diplomacy and keep silent.
It may be human for us to feel inadequate at carrying out some assignment, but we can be rest assured that God who gave us the message will give us the right words and ways to proclaim it.
One reason we also fail to exude confidence is when we lack the vocabulary of the scripture. Let the word of God dwell richly in you that you may know how to speak the right word and in the right season.
When confronted with the challenge of speech, remember His words, “I will be with thy mouth.”
PRAYER: Father help me to remember always that You who made the mouth will give me the right word to speak whenever you send me on an errand.
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