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And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
Last week we focused on Jochebed’s faith and how she exercised her faith with determination to save her son, Moses, from death at the hands of Pharaoh by putting Moses in a basket in the river. The lesson learned was to have faith and exercise that faith with determination that God will provide. Today we’re going to shift to Moses, whose life is full of many rich lessons as well. But the one lesson we’re going to focus on is that with God you’re always enough. In fact, with God you’re more than enough.
Moses was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. So, in essence he was raised as Pharaoh, the King of Egypt’s grandson. This means that he was raised in royalty and nobility. Surely, Moses was afforded the best of the best and didn’t have to want for anything. Yet, there was one issue that Moses had despite his extravagant lifestyle and that was feelings of inadequacies, in what he described as a “slow tongue”. There’s debate about what that meant exactly- whether Moses had a stuttering problem, wasn’t versed in the Egyptian language, had some other speech impediment, or just wasn’t good at public speaking and being a spokesperson for God. What Moses meant exactly by saying that his speech was not eloquent is unimportant. What is important is that God gave Moses a job to do and for some reason or reasons, Moses had feelings of inadequacies and didn’t think he was good enough for at least a certain part of the job.
For sure God gave Moses a monumental job to do, which was to go up against Pharaoh, the new King of Egypt, feared then by Egyptians to be the most powerful man in all of Egypt. Moses was given a huge, huge task to deliver the children of Israel out of bondage. God charged Moses to deliver His messages to Pharoah to let the children of Israel go. And Moses no doubt knew that when God tells you to deliver a message to the king of Egypt, you better deliver it with all you’ve got. You better be clear, direct, and succinct. Moses obviously felt he had some limitations that would prevent him from adequately delivering God’s messages to Pharaoh.
Perhaps you can relate to what Moses felt. Perhaps you see some limitations in yourself. Perhaps you feel that there is something that is holding you back, some challenges within yourself. Perhaps you feel that you may not have what it takes, that you are not equipped for the task at hand. Perhaps you may feel that you are not good enough. Well, we’re told in Exodus 4:11 -12 that when Moses said that he was slow to speech and had a slow tongue that the Lord said to him- Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. God also sent Aaron, Moses’ brother, to speak with him. God will never call you to do it if He’s not going to bring you through it. Remember that.
God was in essence saying I made you and all that I made is good. You’re good enough just as you are. I will be the part of you that is lacking, I fill the void. I stand in the gap. And God has the same message for you. God is saying I’m not asking you to ponder it, debate it, or even to think about it, just accept that with Me, You have what it takes. You can do it. You will do it. You are good enough, and You are always enough. With Me you are more than capable.
So start seeing yourself through God’s eyes, all that you are, all that you can do, all that you can and will be. Know that God will be what You need Him to be and all that You need Him to be. Delete those feelings of inadequacies. With God you have no limitations. With God you have enough, are enough, and will always be enough. With God you are more than enough.
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord for the opportunity to come to You today with our feelings of inadequacies. Father God, You are the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. What You did back then, You can do right now. Lord, I pray that You would remove any, and all feelings of inadequacies. Help each one of Your children to see that with You, they can boldly claim, I am enough, I have enough, I will always be enough, I am good enough, I am capable, and I am able, all because of You Lord. Help them to know that You stand in the gap for them and that You with Your infinite power will be whatever they lack and therefore they have no lack. Lord, we thank You and give You all the glory and honor for being more than enough.
In Jesus name we pray,
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