Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. (Acts 7:22)
This is how Scripture portrays Moses. Yet how did Moses see himself,
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.” Exodus 4:10 –
Then in Exodus 6:12 and Exodus 6:30, Moses kept bringing up to the Lord he spoke with faltering lips. Yet later on in Stephen’s sermon in the book of Acts, Stephen describes Moses as both powerful in speech and action.
The truth is we all have insecurities that we fear may keep us from ministering and doing the work of the Lord. However, it is not on us to accomplish results but be obedient.
But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.” Exodus 4:13-17 –
God gets a little ticked off at Moses here and says basically, “Moses, you are going and I won’t take your excuse, here to help you I will send your brother to to be your mouth for you.”
When dealing with insecurities we can take courage from stories like these. Moses had only a staff and when he allowed God to take possession of it
It transitions from being Moses’s staff to walk with to being “The staff of God”
So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand. Exodus 4:20 –
An ordinary staff used to support weak legs maybe or help balance Moses. It became a consecrated instrument God used to bring the ten plagues and part the Red Sea.
Now we must understand, God can take the ordinary things that show our weakness and make use of them. For where we are weak, he is strong and sufficient. As the Apostle Paul said,
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
When we offer ourselves fully to God, he can use us, no matter how inadequate we may feel.
Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. (2 Corinthians 3:5)
God’s power can anoint even weakness, handy cap, struggle, our weaknesses and insecurity.
Do not let your limitations make you feel the Lord cannot use you. All power is His any ways and He is seeking merely willing volunteers. He has a unique calling for each individual to be a part of His overarching plan. All we have to do is be willing and make ourselves available!