Sorry the Sunday Sermon is a couple of days late! Sheryl is not feeling well, so I decided to help her out a little! Father touch and heal Sheryl tonight! God bless you all!
Is It Not I, Your Father?
Exodus 4:10-12 (ESV)
10 – But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”
11 – Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
12 – Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
In Exodus Chapter 3 we see Moses saying, “Who am I?” God answers by saying, “I’m gonna be with you.” Now it gets more specific. Moses says, “You’re calling me to speak before Pharaoh, the King of Egypt. I am slow of speech and tongue. I just can’t do this God.”
God says, “Who made your mouth, man? Who determines who’s able to speak in the first place? Is it not I, the Lord? Go and do what I’m calling you to do and I will be with your mouth, and I will teach you what you should speak.”
Just think about, in your life, the grace gifts that God has given you, the skills. I think of things that I’m able to do. Those didn’t just happen naturally. Those happened supernaturally. God has provided those things in my life and your life too. None of our gifts, skills, abilities come from ourselves ultimately, or come from some natural means. They all come from God. God is the author of all of our gifts, all of our skills, all of our abilities and He matches those gifts, skills, abilities to that which He calls us to do.
God never calls us to something that He does not equip us to do. We see this beautiful picture throughout the Bible. Again, God never calls us to something that he doesn’t equip us to do so we can trust in Him to provide. Now that’s the journey of faith because oftentimes we feel inadequate. Oftentimes we feel like, “Ah, I can’t do this.” And the world kind of gives us a self-esteem talk and says, “No, believe in yourself. You can do this.” The Bible is not saying, “Believe in yourself.” It’s saying, “Believe in God.”
This isn’t God saying to Moses, “Hey, trust in yourself, Moses. You can do this!” This is God saying to Moses, “Trust in Me. I am the one who gives man the ability to speak in the first place. As long as you are trusting in Me, you can know that you will be provided for. You will have the gifts, skills, and abilities you need to accomplish that which I’ve called you to.”
My prayer today is, “Father, thank You for the gifts, skills, abilities, even unique gifts, skills, and abilities You’ve given to us. I look at people around me who have gifts and skills and abilities that I don’t have, and I praise You for the way You have gifted them. At the same time, I praise You for the way, by Your Grace, You have given me gifts, skills, and abilities. I pray that You would help us to realize the beautiful, unique, creative ways You’ve designed us, and equipped each of us to make Your Glory known in the world. God help us be good stewards of these gifts. God help us not to underestimate them. Help us not to trust in ourselves, to look to ourselves, to believe in ourselves. God, we pray that you help us to trust in You, to look to You, to believe in You. You’re the author of all good gifts and so we pray that You would take the gifts, skills, abilities You have given to us and ask that You would help us to use those in total dependence on, and trust in You alone.
As we’re in our homes, as we’re at work, as we’re around others, God, we pray that You would work Your Grace in and through us for Your Glory in our lives. God, may it be so today and keep us trusting in You all day long looking to You as the author of every good gift. Thank You Father for Your Grace in us. May it be to great effect for Your Glory through us, today, we pray.
In the name of Yahshua, let it be so!