Moses said to the Lord, "Oh 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 a person their mouth? ...Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say."
~ Exodus 4: 10-12
The discussion between Moses and God on the mountain always makes me smirk because I can see myself, and also others who have shared, trying to talk God out of something.
Why do we try to make deals with God?
Years ago as a teenager I got in trouble at home, and I remember the first thing I thought was, "God, if you'll help me get out of this, I will do..."
Moses was trying so hard to get out of God calling him to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt. He was like, "With so many others out there... I am not all that. I'm a slow speaker. I stutter. Really?"
I remember watching the movie, "The King's Speech" and noting how remarkably painful it was for this man to make a complete sentence. But yet, when the time came for him to lead, and to reassure the people of the the United Kingdom when their enemy was moving towards them, his words brought courage and empowered many.
I have always heard that God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called.
If we could only believe in oursleves as God does and learn to respond with the simple, "Yes, Lord..." instead of, "Really?" our lives and the world would be amazingly different.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.