Just listening to the audio Bible, and got as far as Exodus 3. I have a soft spot for Moses. The story of the way God led him, spoke to him and worked through him has been so helpful to me already, and God has used that story to encourage me in the past. This morning, I got to the bit where Moses meets God through the burning bush. God calls him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and Moses comes up with many excuses and reasons why God should call someone else and not him. I think his story will prove to be fruitful and helpful for me all through my ministry.
But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’
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 their 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.’ (Ex. 4:10-12)
The lesson is clear. God doesn’t choose people with super ability. He chooses those who are willing to join in with his plans. He is the one who gives us the ability to speak. He is the one who equips us to do the work to which he’s calling us. It all depends on his ability, not ours. We need to be available. God does the rest.
So, feel inadequate today to the calling God’s put on your heart? I suggest that’s the best way to be – because then God can really do his work in and through you. Step out in faith, trust in God, and you may well be pleasantly surprised!