Sunday, March 8, 2015

I Can’t Speak

But Moses said before the LORD, "Behold, I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me?" Exodus 6:30

What happened after you heard a well-known speaker? You were amazed at his delivery, the powerful truths, and interesting stories that were spoken in a way that captured your attention and moved your heart. You may have thought, "He is a gifted speaker. God is certainly using him to impact the kingdom!" Then you may have concluded, "I could never speak like that!" You would be in good company. Moses felt the same way. He too felt inadequate and fearful when God asked him to go speak to Pharaoh.

Moses knew that he was unskilled in speech, and his assessment was accurate. His inexperience led him to believe that Pharaoh would not listen to him, and nobody wanted to get on Pharaoh's bad side! God needed to choose someone with oratorical skill to deliver this "life and death message," not Moses! The Lord enlisted Aaron to help, but he was not His first choice.

The devil wants to keep every Christian from speaking the good news to the lost by making us feel inadequate and unskilled. Don't compare yourself to the well-known Bible teacher or radio personality. God is not looking for your skill or abilities, but for your availability. Will you trust Him to speak through you? His power is perfected in our weakness. Paul understood, "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). Tell God that you are available.