Exodus 3 and 4 relates the beginnings of Moses being used by God in very significant ways. Moses’ first realization of a “God-move” in his life was at the burning bush. After turning aside to investigate why the flaming bush didn’t disintegrate, he heard God speak to him. Now remember, God had hand-crafted Moses. He knew him by heart. God knew what He wanted from Moses and He knew Moses’ propensity towards feeling “less than enough”. I think the conversation might have sounded something like this…
God: Moses, I’ve seen the bad situation My people are enduring. I’m going to deliver them from the Egyptian’s rule. I’m assigning you to lead My people out of Egypt.
Moses: Ah, why me, Lord? I’m not fit for an assignment of that size.
God: I AM beside you on this assignment. You’ll know for sure when you see all the Israelites worshiping on this mountain.
Moses: They are going to want to know who sent [insignificant] me.
God: Tell them “I AM” sent you. I will give them a trusting heart. Oh, by the way, Pharaoh will not want to cooperate. At that point, I’ll show him a hint of My power and might.
Moses: Well, I don’t think they are going to believe me. Just say’n…
With great patience, God proceeded to show Moses some awesome signs of His ability. Moses was impressed but still felt far from “enough” to handle the job.
Moses: Lord, I really don’t feel up to this assignment. You know I have a speech impediment and I sure don’t know the right words to say.
God: Who made people’s mouths, Moses? And the dumb, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Didn’t I do that? Now don’t worry about it. I’ll equip your efforts and give you the word’s to say.
Moses: Oh, Lord, please send someone else.
Angry at Moses’ unbelief, God made the switch. He used Aaron, Moses’ brother, to act as Moses’ mouth piece. Aaron said (aloud) the words that God gave Moses (privately).
God offered Moses a great opportunity to see miracles – down to the personal level. In my opinion, Moses had a chance for total healing of his speech insufficiency. But, he refused to let go of his grip on the facts of the here and now and thereby missed receiving God’s forthcoming, miraculous healing touch. God still used him, but Moses remained in his self-imposed “less than enough” state of mind and body.
How about you? Are you gripping your perceived “less than enough” of the here and now so tightly that you risk losing God’s touch of the miraculous? What kind of excuses are you giving God? Stop the excuses, take a chance, and trust God’s ability to equip you for His call. Our mighty God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) He will not fail you. (Philippians 1:6)