Daily D – Exodus 6:28-30
Exodus 6:28-30 When the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, he said to him, “I am the Lord! Tell Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, everything I am telling you.” But Moses argued with the Lord, saying, “I can’t do it! I’m such a clumsy speaker! Why should Pharaoh listen to me?” (NLT)
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (NLT)
What are you so bad at that not even God can help you? That inability may be the key to opening the door for others to see how good God is rather than being impressed with how good you are.
Have you ever noticed what a whiny mess Moses is in the early chapters of Exodus? I hereby double-dog dare you to count how many times Not-So-Mighty-Mo told God he could not speak well and asked God, begged God, to send someone else, anyone else (4:13).
One of the hardest lessons of life, and most important, is this: It’s not about you.
Moses, it’s not about you.
David, it’s not about you.
(Insert name here), it’s not about you.
God wants to declare his truth through our personalities. He frequently chooses methodology that demonstrates how he is the only one who can take credit for what he accomplishes through us.
If we keep running down this road, one of us or another may well get our feelings hurt. So let’s stop and ponder. Every ability we have, including the one that distinguishes us from ten thousand others, came from God. It is a gift. We are to steward it – manage it – well. Even so, there are times when it is where we are most vulnerable or incapable that God empowers us for significant service.
Ponder a little further. Moses was really good at speaking to God and telling him how he could not speak. He could argue with God, but was afraid of his kinsmen. He could hash it out with God, but was afraid of Pharaoh.
What can’t you do?
What can God do through you that only he can take credit for?
I will trust God to use my weakness to demonstrate his strength.
Our Father, your weakness is stronger than my strength (1 Corinthians 1:25). Here I am with my strengths and weaknesses. Take them and use them however you see fit. I trust you will provide for me wherever you guide me just as you did Moses. I trust you will empower me to overcome my fear and anxiety just as you have always done for everyone you have called to live and love like Jesus. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”