January 31, 2022
God has things for you to do that no one else can do. You may not believe this, nor even want it at this point. But it is true. And the most blessed people are those who embrace God’s calling.
God has so orchestrated these purposes that they are beyond you. Beyond your ability, power, and strength. They are designed so you will quickly realize your absolute insufficiency and be thrust into a daily, hourly dependence on Your Creator. Do not be fearful of this realization, but understand it is the pathway to greater things for His glory.
‘I WILL BE YOUR MOUTH”
After 40 years of being humbled and tempered in the wilderness, the Hebrew son who was raised in Pharaoh’s courts was ready to hear God’s plan. When God revealed Himself to Moses, He called him to an insurmountable task—a job that Moses had proven before he was incapable of accomplishing.
The central ability needed to accomplish this was speaking. Apparently, Moses was not gifted in speech (of which he quickly, almost humorously reminds God). This was a minor issue to the Creator.
Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.” (Exodus 4:10-13)
If God had asked this of His servant before, Moses would have proudly accepted the challenge. But after 40 years of humbling, he is reticent. He understands his inability. Finally he is ready to see God’s ability.
God does not merely say, “I’ll give you the words.” He takes it one step further. “I will be your mouth. You and I will walk in such unity that I will take over your mouth and literally speak through you.”
This Divine cohesion was exactly what God would later tell a young Jeremiah, an imprisoned Paul, and what Jesus would tell his fearful disciples. Paul came to realize this with such clarity that he would later proclaim, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
He has greater things for you. He is telling you, even as you read these words again. He is reminding you of His absolute sufficiency. Whatever the task, He will equip. Whatever the need, He will supply. Whatever the calling, He will enable. Whatever the decision, He will give wisdom.
He is still and always the almighty I AM. He always has been and will be. He’s just waiting for a man or woman, a boy or girl who will join Him. And these become the mighty servants of God.
Father, remind me. As you push me towards greater tasks, remind me of Your greater sufficiency. All I need is found in You. You will be my mouth, my legs, my mind, my heart and together we can do anything. Push me to greater tasks so You can receive greater glory!
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