The Bible has many warnings about the words that come out of our mouths because of the way they can affect—both positively and negatively—everyone around us, including ourselves. Here is a word of comfort, spoken to Moses long ago and which still speaks to all of us today:
Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say. (Exodus 4:12)
The Bible tells us that Moses was as reluctant as he was fearful to go back to Egypt as the spokesperson for the Almighty. He was not only fearful of facing Pharaoh (Pharaoh had sought to kill Moses after Moses killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrews slave); Moses was fearful of how his own people would receive him . . . or not receive him. Moses did not see himself as one who could speak on God’s behalf and he protested, “O 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” (Exodus 4:10).
Moses knew his natural limitations in speech. (Some commentators have suggested that he spoke with a stutter.) But what Moses didn’t know was how God would equip him with supernatural ability to do what He was asking Moses to do. God will never call us to do anything without equipping us to get it done. This was as true for Moses a millennia ago as it is for you and me today.
So . . . where is God calling you to go and speak His words of life today? Perhaps someone at the office needs to hear God speak through you today. Maybe someone in your classroom needs to hear God speak through you today. Is it possible someone in your own family needs to hear God speak through you today?
God never enlists us into His service without equipping us to do it. God gives us everything we need to do all He is calling us to do. He takes an apparent natural weakness and turns it into a supernatural strength. In whatever areas we lack, God fills us with His abundance. Where we are weak, God is strong; He will demonstrate to the watching world that He alone will accomplish His purposes in this world through broken people.
In closing, remember this: God placed a call on Moses’ life, but He also met Moses in his place of deepest need. God sent Moses’ brother Aaron to speak the Word of God for Moses. Moses still had to go as the deliverer of God’s people, but God gave him a helper. God knew exactly what Moses needed to lead the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. And God knows exactly what you need today to go and speak His Word into the hearts and lives of others.
Will you go? If not you . . . who? If not now . . . when? This is one time we are not to be “slow to speak,” as James 1:19 cautions us—when we are called to be the Master’s mouthpiece. Remember, you do not speak your own words and you do not go alone. You go in the strength of Omnipotence. Go!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!