February 20
Exodus 4:10-16

Making excuses

After the Lord told Moses that He must free His people from slavery, Moses said, “O Lord, I do not speak well. I have never been able to speak well and nothing has changed since You started speaking to me.”

The Lord became angry with Moses. “What about your brother Aaron? He can speak well. He is on his way to meet you and will be glad when he sees you. You can tell him what to say, and I will help you both.

Take this stick with you, for with it you will do miracles.”

How can I serve God with my weakness?

Moses was no longer as sure of himself as he had been when he lived in Pharaoh’s palace. For the past forty years he had just been a shepherd looking after sheep and goats in the desert. By this time he probably felt rather unimportant and of little use. He told God that he wouldn’t be able to speak to Pharaoh because he wasn’t good at speaking.

Are you afraid that God may ask you to do something big like He asked Moses to do? Maybe you have felt the Lord telling you to speak to someone who is older than you about His forgiveness and love. God doesn’t expect you to do it in your own strength. In fact, He prefers using people who are unsure of their own ability because they rely on Him for everything: for strength, for wisdom, and for courage.

The Lord shows His power best through those who are weak! Right now, you have all you need to be useful to God. You don’t have to be perfect! All God wants is that you listen to His voice in your heart and obey.

Verse for today

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13.