“I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12
Read this verse over and over. What is God whispering to you?
As if an answer to some prayers God whispers “I will help you.” I want to live in God’s will but who am I that I should be able to do His will? I am a poor miserable sinner who tries to do my will too often. So, I pray. I pray a lot, asking God to help me. This is usually His answer.
Our verse comes from Moses being called by God to go to Egypt to set His people free. Like Moses we are called to set people free as well. We are called to help people escape themselves by bringing them to God. How can I do that? I’m a nobody, who would listen to me besides, what would I say? These are the questions we all have when we realize what God wants of us. Let’s look at what Moses says and God’s answer in Exodus 4:10-12 “Moses said to the LORD, “O 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. The LORD said to him, “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? I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
When we question our call, we question God. God will not call us to something that He isn’t willing to give us what we need to accomplish it. If we are to speak He will give us the words. If we are to listen, He will take the words from our mouth. The key is to trust God and let Him work through us.
The question to ask ourselves is, are we usable. The problem with our answers are we tend to answer in our own point of view. I don’t see myself as worthy of God using me. Some people can’t get passed the idea of being used. Still others don’t think God wants to use anyone. We must get past those human thoughts and let God decide how and when He wants to use us. This means being open, being usable. Willing to listen for God’s nudge. Putting our hearts in a place to want to love others. Being willing to hear before we speak or act.
Being usable to God doesn’t mean being open to abuse. That is the human way of use. Humans use and abuse not God. Being usable means allowing God to control our thoughts and actions. Allowing God, through the Holy Spirit, to guide us and give us the words to use. We become usable when we pray, study, read the Bible, and hear the message preached. We try to do what is right to the best of our ability but understanding that our right and God’s right can be different, so we must look and pray for guidance. Being usable means, we are willing to step out of our comfort zone. That we look for the good in every situation and trust that God can use us anywhere and anytime.
I’m not always usable. I’m better than I used to be, but I have a long way to go. Sometimes I think I know better than God and try to do things on my own. Sometimes I think I’m too tired to be used. God knows best. When I’m tired I’m weak and God is strong in our weakness. So, to be used we must be willing to be weak, to be vulnerable. Our witness comes from our failures that set up the triumphs. People will listen to others in their humility. We connect in our weaknesses.
God is calling us to stop making excuses and trust Him. He will help us. We are not alone. We are never given a task without help to accomplish it. If you are struggling, let God in. Let God take over. Let God turn your struggles into triumphs.