Fear is so powerful. It can stop us from saying what we ought to say or stop us from doing what we ought to do. I get very nervous when I have to speak in front of a large crowd. Sometimes the fear makes it feel like my stomach is knotting up.
Yesterday, I was offered an onsite course to teach. The first reaction I had was fear.
I thought about the many reasons why I should decline the offer— my voice quivers when I speak, I’m too much of an introvert, I really don’t like driving at night, etc.; plus my past experiences have not been very good. I was ready to send my email to decline the offer, but everything changed after we read Exodus this morning.
God wanted Moses to do something, “but Moses protested” (Exo 3:11 & 13), then “Moses protested again” (Exo 4:1); finally Moses, “pleaded with the Lord, ‘O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled’” (Exo 4:10).
God’s reply spoke to me, “Then the Lord asked Moses, ‘Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say’” (Exo 4:11-12).
Unlike Moses, I will not continue to protest God (Exo 4:13). I sent an email accepting the assignment. I have no idea how God will use me during those five weeks but I hope that He will be glorified.
What has God asked you to do? Stop protesting and do it!
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