10 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.”
11 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? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do.
Exodus 4:10-15 (New International Version)
Afraid to Try New Things
Suppose a friend invited you to go scuba diving with him. However, you don’t know a thing about scuba diving and your tell your friend so. Nevertheless, your friend encourages you to try it anyway, assuring you that he would teach you how to do it. Despite his encouragement, you still resist the idea and make excuses not to do it.
Fear of Failure
A lot of us resist the idea of trying something we aren’t familiar with. Even if someone is willing to help us as we go, we still make excuses not to try. That’s because we feel like we are not able to do it. Furthermore, we believe that if we try it, we would fail, and we don’t like the idea of failing at something.
I wonder if that was the reason that Moses in Exodus 4 resisted the command of the Lord to go to Egypt and save the children of Israel from their bondage. Even after God showed Moses amazing miracles and assured him that He would be with him in the endeavor, Moses still continued to make excuses, claiming that he was not the right man for the job. After all, back in Exodus 2, Moses tried to liberate his people and failed miserably.
The Right Push
However, the Almighty would not let Moses off the hook. He even accommodated Moses’s insecurities by allowing his brother Aaron to work with him in the ministry. Why did God not give up on Moses? It was because He saw the potential in him that Moses didn’t see in himself. The Lord knew what Moses was capable of; all he needed was the right push.
Dealing With Doubt
In our walk with Christ, we would be called to do tasks that we are unfamiliar with. We may even make excuses to not do these activities because we think that we aren’t qualified to do them. When we face these feelings of doubt in ourselves, there are two things that we must remember.
Two Things to Remember
First of all, we are not alone in the work which God has given us. During those times when we despair, the Almighty will give us the strength to move forward in His mission. Finally, before we were even born, He knew us and knew what we were capable of. That is because He designed us in a way that would bring glory to His name in some shape or form.
Designed to Succeed
The Lord knows our potential better than we do. Therefore, when He commands us to do something in His name, we ought to do it in confidence. God designed us to succeed in the thing He has called us to, so let’s stop doubting and start succeeding.