Exodus 4:10–11: “Then Moses said to the LORD, ‘O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’ So the LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?'”

August 7th, 2019 by Pastor Ed in devotional

In spite of the miracles right in front of Moses’ eyes—the voice of God coming from the burning bush that wasn’t burnt, Moses’ hand being made leprous and then healed, his staff becoming a snake and then a staff again—he was still struggling with the errand the Lord was sending him on, to rescue the Israelites from Pharaoh. All Moses’ prior objections had been answered, but he tried one more time: “I can’t speak well.” We love the irony and patience of God’s answer to this objection. He in effect says, “I am the Designer and Creator of the human mouth; therefore, I can certainly make yours able to speak. I can make a deaf ear hear or a blind eye see.” But Moses still refused and begged God to send someone else—anyone but him.

It seems God had enough of Moses’ foot dragging, and He graciously but firmly told Moses that his brother Aaron was coming and that Aaron would speak for him. Moses would be God’s mouth and Aaron would be Moses’ mouth. God refused to let Moses off the hook. He was the person the Lord wanted for this job. Perhaps we too have tested the patience of the Lord lately, as He has pointed us toward something He desires for us to do, and we’ve responded by making excuses and dragging our feet. We are so thankful to serve our heavenly Father who patiently but firmly directs our paths.

“LORD, we don’t want to miss anything You have for us today. Please give us a willing heart to follow You exactly where You want us.”