By Jason Edwards.
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.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
– Exodus 4:10-12
I have a habit of worrying about what others are thinking about me. It’s something I have struggled with my entire life. I can’t lie. I was terrified when I was asked to write a devotional for everyone in the church to see. I felt like Moses in this verse in Exodus. I felt unworthy and ineloquent. To make matters worse, everyone in the church would see it.
Expressing my fears out loud, I had to come to the realization that it’s not about me. God has used that phrase with me many times in my life. It’s NOT about me!!
God didn’t need Moses to be a good speaker; He just needed him to be willing to be a vessel for God to use. In the same way, God didn’t need me to be a good writer; He just needed me to be willing to listen and let Him work through me.
I know there have been many times in my life when God has asked me to step out in faith and let him use me. I also know there have been many times where I have not been willing to do that. Within the past six months God has led me to serve in the area of human trafficking. He has set a path for my wife and I to train paramedics and firefighters on how to identify a victim of trafficking, and what to do if they do identify a victim.
Initially, all the same fears came flooding in. I am terrified of speaking in front of groups. Those of you who know me I know you are thinking “but isn’t he a teacher?” Yes I am! Speaking in front of kids has always come easy to me, but adults are a completely different story. Then God showed me Exodus 4:10 and He said, just be willing and I will handle the talking. Since then, we have watched God open doors that once seemed impossible.
So my question for you today is, what does God have in store for you and are you willing to let God work through you? Just be willing, and God will handle the talking.
Jason, his wife Jamie and their 2 children have attended Grace Hills for about 4 years. Jason works as a 4th grade teacher at Ambassadors for Christ Academy.
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