I’m not Qualified
Moses was absolutely terrified when God gave him the assignment of returning to Egypt. He produced five excuses why he believed he was not the one for the job. This week’s blog looks at Moses’ third excuse. (To see previous posts go to the website)
Excuse # 3 – “I’m not Qualified”
Exodus 4:10 “Moses pleaded with the Lord saying “Oh no, Lord please! I have never been eloquent, neither recently, or in the past, or since you have spoken to me, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Or in another translation “Oh no Lord! I’m not very good with words. I never have been, not now or at any time in the past. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”)
Don’t you find it easy to relate to Moses?!
Recently, I noticed in Acts 7:22 a very interesting contradiction to Moses’ self-evaluation. It made me smile!
Acts 7:22 “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.”
Fascinating! Despite telling the Lord he had “never been good with words”, Moses is actually described as being “mighty in words and deeds”.
And of course, he would have been.
As a royal member of Pharaoh’s household, he experienced a very privileged upbringing with unique opportunities. He had access to the Egypt’s best teachers and he would have been highly educated. Personal tutors who would have trained him all things, including how to speak with power and eloquence.
So why did Moses try to excuse himself on the basis of being ‘poor of speech and tongue’?
After 40 years in the desert, the self-reliance Moses had in his own abilities had all been stripped away. He was left a broken man, whose confidence in himself was completely shattered.
It’s understandable that this would happen given his history. The guilt he would have felt about murdering the Egyptian and then losing the opportunity to help his people was astronomical. He must have wondered “What good was all that privilege, position, status, wealth and education?? None!” (Moses had spent forty long years beating himself up over this) .
So is it any wonder that when God asked him to be his mouthpiece, he felt completely inadequate.
“How can I speak to Pharaoh? I don’t have the ability, I can’t speak, I’m incapable of this task!”
How did God respond to Moses’ protests of inadequacy?
Exodus 4:12 “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say“
The lesson Moses was being taught was that his success wasn’t dependent on his own ability, personality or giftedness. All he needed to do was TRUST God. Not only was the Lord going to give him the ability to speak, but he would even tell him what to say.
Moses was about to discover that the things he thought he needed in order free his people were not what God would use:
- Worldly power
Instead, Moses was going to experience something else – supernatural resources!
What a great lesson there is for us in this story.
What God-assignment do you have? What dreams has God called you to?
Your own natural abilities are going to fall far short!
But the good news is that God will qualify you for your mission by giving you supernatural resources.
Attached to every kingdom assignment there is supernatural provision.
As a son or daughter of God, you have FULL access to the Father’s storehouse.
What is He giving you?
Love and blessings
Exodus 4:12 “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute?
Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
Now go; I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say“