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 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 I say.
~Exodus 4:10-11 ESV.
Have you ever experienced God asking you to do something, and in the flesh, you knew you couldn’t do it? Moses experienced this predicament. He felt he could not speak eloquently, or in a manner that would demand respect from others, or would elicit a positive response from God.
I can fully relate to how Moses felt, as I also have struggled with low self-esteem. I have experienced this several times in my walk with God.
As a child, I was shy in my school years. I would take a failing grade on a book report rather than stand in front of the class and share my story. The reason for my shyness was because I had a speech impairment. This not only affected my speech, but it consequentially affected my self-reflection. I, therefore, had low self-esteem. I had little confidence in myself or my abilities. I believe Moses and I were struggling with the same problem, but this changed for both Moses and I, because of God’s influence. Things can change for you as well as you allow God into your life more and more.
Since I accepted Jesus Christ into my life, I have not only preached sermons in front of congregations. I have also sung solos, along with participating in street ministry, and door to door ministry. I say all this with a humble spirit, as I know it is God inside of me that has given me the ability and the self-confidence to go forth with His Gospel message.
How about you? What is God asking you to do in your life that you have doubts about? Let me encourage you with the Word of God. Paul writes, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV). God will always be there for you as you step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. His Word promises this, so we can believe Him.God will always be there for you as you step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. #VineWords #EdChappelle #AnIstrumentinGodsHands Click To Tweet
God encouraged Moses in a similar fashion. He shared His approval, saying, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (Exodus 3:14 KJV).
When you go out into the battle, and the world asks who sent you, just tell them, “I AM” sent you. He put His divine stamp of approval on you, and it is He who has equipped you to minister to the poor and needy and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the uttermost parts of the world. You are God’s servant, and you have His approval, so go forth.
What are three talents God has equipped you with? Share these…
Lord Jesus Christ, Help me to respond to Your calling as I yield my vessel to become an instrument in Your hands. As I step out of my comfort zone and into the unknown, I commit to do Your work without counting the cost. Help me to be Your faithful follower, in both my words and my actions, for You have given me every spiritual ability to live out Your example. I acknowledge the gifts and talents I can share with others, are the very same skills You placed inside me in my mother’s womb. Lord, teach me to serve with a joyous and grateful heart, and may my service in You provide hope to a lost and dying world. Amen
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Ed Chappelle is the Founder/Administrator/Lead Writer for Come to the Table Facebook ministry, a place where people of faith are encouraged to connect with others and share testimonies, articles, and prayer needs. He is an ordained minister.
Ed is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. He is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Some people say Ed’s genealogy can be traced to Noah. Ed and his wife Kym are known for their animal rescue ministry, Critter Care. Their “family” includes dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, sugar sliders, ferrets, geckos, bearded dragons, tropical fish, and a plethora of God’s creatures.
Ed served in the United States Air Force for over four years, earning the rank of Sergeant. He was eight years old when Apollo 11 went to the moon. His love for his country, the armed forces, and space exploration compelled him to write the popular tribute, Man on the Moon.
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