What is it that you think you can’t do–even if God told you to do it?
Become a pastor?
Sing in front of people?
Teach Sunday School?
Work with children?
Give a speech?
Tell people your personal testimony of trusting Jesus?
What would it be for you?
In the Old Testament book of Exodus, there are some specific passages I would like to reference in thinking about what we think our personal limitations are. The LORD appeared to Moses from within a burning bush in the desert:
The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”–Exodus 3:7-10
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? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”—Exodus 4:10-13
But Moses said to the LORD, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?”–Exodus 6:12
Now when the LORD spoke to Moses in Egypt, he said to him, “I am the LORD. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you.”
But Moses said to the LORD, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”—Exodus 6:28-30
After reading Moses’ responses, one would be left with the thought that he really must have had a difficult speech problem.
Jumping ahead to the New Testament book of Acts, we find the account of Stephen speaking to the Sanhedrin before he was stoned to death. In speaking to them about Moses, he said, "Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action." —Acts 7:22
Was God faithful in enabling Moses to speak?
Will God be faithful to us today if He calls us?
Have you felt Him urging you to do something, but you have been reluctant?
Why not consider again what that might be, trusting that God will equip you with whatever you need to accomplish what He wants.