As I was calling different grocery stores looking for a specific type of grocery product for someone, someone remarked that my speech was all jumbled and not clear, although to myself I was talking as clear as I could. My reactions were juggling between two Biblical Scriptural viewpoints – “they have become dull of hearing” and the fact Moses had a speech impediment.
10 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.”
11 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? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
13 But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”
14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said: “Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. 16 So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. 17 And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.”
Although this was part of God’s divine plan from the beginning of the foundation of the world, we can see how Moses view of his own identity, and the power of God to use him just as he was had become diminished, but that didn’t stop God from using Moses from parting the Red Sea.
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”- 1 Corinthians 1:25-27
Some of us blog-evanglists, are bad spellers, use poor grammar, and bad sentence structure. Some of us cannot speak very well. Some of us have nothing special about our appearance, but God uses the weak and foolish things of the world to put to shame the things the things that are wise and mighty. So if you don’t think anything there is anything special about you – or maybe you’re being picked on because there is something different about you – realize that God can still use you. There was a story about a young boy that blushed too much, who ended up committing suicide because he was embarassed, and if only he had known that God still can use him. God can use anyone and anybody. It’s so sad to see people who have great and mighty callings on their lives be dismayed and discourage by what other people say – because God does not look at outward appearance but He looks at the heart. He looks at what is inside of a man or woman that He may use. There is a Scripture, verse that says –
2 Corinthians 10 –
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Reality of Paul’s Authority
7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s.[a] 8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us[b] for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— 9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.
Sometimes we think we need to have something great and mighty for God to use us. But actually God can use anybody especially people that we may think have nothing about them that seems special.
All Moses had was a staff in his hand – and God used it. All the little boy had was a bread and two fish, and God multiplied it. All the widow at Zarephath, had was one hin of oil, and God used Elijah to multiply it, and used the very little that we have whether that be our weaknesses or our resources, or all that we have and God can bless so many people through it.
The Scripture says do not despise humble beginnings. Wherever we get our start is a blessing, and when we receive our calling, sometimes we are hesitant – we say – how can I preach when I have speech problems? or How can I be a missionary I can only walk to the end of the street and back? or how can I feed thousands of people when I don’t have enough money to take care of myself and my needs? How can I perform signs, miracles, and wonders in Jesus name, when I don’t appear to have anything special about me? But you know what God is a God of multiplication, and Psalm 139 says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and knowing that He brings provision for every circumstance we will face. Our God is a great God.
Do not be discouraged when someone criticizes you about something dear friends because God thinks highly of you because He is our Creator. Now at the same time if you are someone who is habitually sinning and willfully sinning against God, and God has brought you the conviction and you have rejected, then there is time for a rebuke, and that must also be taken, but that usually by elders and mentors in the Church, but from people in the world, if they despise you and reject you and say vile things against you here’s what the Bible has to say-11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Don’t let the enemy use people to steal you’re God given identity in Christ away from you because, in Him you will find all the beauty and strength for your weaknesses.
There is a song called “The Heart of Worship” and it some part that says – “though I am weak and poor all I have is yours every single breath.”
Take your weaknesses to Him, and He will make them beautiful and shape them in His Potters wheel so that they maybe beautiful treasures that God may use to glorify Himself in your life.