Key Verse: “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.” Exodus 4:10
Moses life didn’t start out too good. He was born at a time where all baby boys were to be killed at birth. You probably know the story well. His parents hid him for the first three months, before placing him in the river where Pharaoh’s daughter saw him and adopted him into her family. Moses was educated in Egypt’s finest schools. He was taught in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, but he remained with a disability.
Later when God spoke to him through the burning bush and called him to go back to Egypt and deliver God;s people. Moses says in Exodus 4:10 “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.”
Many physical and learning disabilities can often make us feel that we aren’t worth as much as the next person, and can be a real blow to confidence, especially when it comes to being a tool of God. Throughout our education, we can be looked down on, called ‘special’ or slow. Physical disabilities can leave us sitting on the side, while everyone else seems to be having fun.
Did God make a mistake choosing a stuttering fugitive shepherd to lead his people out of captivity? Not a chance, God sees past our weaknesses that appear so huge and debilitating to us, and recognizes the perfect way he has made us. In the next verses, (Exodus 4:11-12 ) God asks Moses “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 to say.”
God was reminding Moses that He is the one who gave us mouths, but he is also the one who makes us with perfect weaknesses. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God created us wonderfully. He shaped us perfectly for the calling he has given us.
We all have some degree of weakness, but we must recognize that this is not a hindrance to God using our lives, but a benefit. Paul after begging God to take away his weakness wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “ But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Don’t listen to the enemy or others who tell you that you’re not good enough, bright enough, strong enough for God to use. The question we should ask is, “Are we weak enough?” I have personally always struggled with reading and writing in School, but now you’re reading this devotional which I wrote. God made us perfect, and no physical, learning or mental disabilities disqualify you from His perfect will for your life. Don’t resent your weakness, but boast in them “so that Christ’s power may rest on you.”