Rhyme and Reason

“But Moses pleaded with the Lord, ‘O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.’”—Exodus 4:10 (NLT)

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. I, for instance, am good with words, can sing, cook, retain information very well, have solid critical thinking skills, and am quite creative. However, I’m not so good with the whole math thing. I’m also not a particularly good baker, fast runner, or fast reader. I also have really bad eyesight, and I don’t hear all that well—probably the result of living in a Cuban household!

Now imagine, with my terrible eyesight and below average hearing, if the Lord called me to be His eyes and ears. It would seem like a curious choice when there are so many people out there with keen eyesight and ears like a bat. That’s exactly what it was like when the Lord chose Moses as His mouthpiece!

In the above verse, Moses says “O Lord, I’m not very good with words . . . I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” According to a Jewish tradition, Moses likely suffered from a speech impediment that rendered him unable to pronounce certain sounds. According to Joseph Benson’s commentary, “He was a man of a clear head, great thought, and solid judgment, but had not a voluble tongue . . . and therefore he thought himself unfit to speak before great men and about great affairs.”

But when God is involved, there is always a rhyme and a reason. Thus, the curious or unexpected choice from our perspective is the natural choice from God’s! I believe the great lesson here is that we shouldn’t judge the ability of a person to be used by God based on his/her strengths or shortcomings. Why? Because the strength of a person ordained by God comes from God Himself, not from anything in us. Even a “slow tongue” can be used to reveal deep wisdom when God is doing the revealing.

Remember, the apostles were perceived to be “uneducated and untrained men” (Acts 4:13 NASB), but the Holy Spirit empowered and equipped them to speak powerful words of life . . . and He wants to do the same with you and me. So the next time you feel the Lord leading you in a direction of weakness in your life, or into some seriously scary uncharted territory, don’t second guess yourself—let the Spirit do His thing! If God calls you to it, God will lead and empower you in it.

DIG: Have you ever felt the Lord leading you, like He did with Moses, in a direction you were uncomfortable with or scared of going? What caused your hesitation and doubt?

DISCOVER: Aside from Moses, what other unexpected and ill-equipped men and women do you see God use in the Bible? Is there a common thread in these stories?

DISPLAY: Ask the Lord where He wants you to go, what He wants you to do, and how He wants to use you during this season . . . and trust in Him to lead you in that calling.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.