10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, 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.”
11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.
There exists debate around whether Moses is disabled or not. Some scholars say that he has a speech impediment. Other scholars claim that he is not feeling adequate for the task God wants him to carry out. Regardless of his disability status we can still learn some valuable lessons from this passage.
When God tells Moses that he wants him to go to the people and teach them what God has in store. Moses brings up the fact that he is slow to speak. God immediately answers by asking him who is the one that created you and all your abilities or lack there of. God is showing us clearly here that he knows all about what we can and cannot do. God was confident Moses could carry out this task, but Moses did not feel so confident.
Think of some time when God asked you to do something, It may seem uncomfortable or is anxiety provoking. Did you think to yourself all the reasons why you couldn’t do this task, or did you keep your focus on God and feel honor that he had faith in the way you would complete the task. Remember that God knows all about us. He knows what we are capable of. Remember “with God all things are possible”! Matthew 19:26
One huge point that I absolutely love about this passage, is that when we cry out to God He listens and answers. God listened to Moses and he said that he had already sent Moses’ older brother Aaron. Aaron would be the mouthpiece. This brings me so much comfort. Even when we lack confidence to complete a task, God is right there helping. Moses not only got assistance, but his brother would be accompanying him. This must have brought him great comfort and confidence.
There are some days that I feel so discouraged about the assistance I need for simple tasks. For example, I take several meds and I have a blue dye allergy. I have put this allergy on many records, but my pharmacy still sends blue pills. If I take these meds accidentally I get very sick. So every time I get a new med it has to be checked by someone else. This may seem like a minor thing, but yet it can make a huge difference in the way I feel. Last fall I had several days of unexplained angioedema. This is where you have an allergic reaction that causes swelling all over your body. If it continues, your throat can swell. I was getting discouraged about what could be causing my symptoms. Ken and I were double checking all the food I was eating. Finally we decided to look at my meds and there it was, a blue pill. It was a relief to find it, but still I was discouraged.
This passage reminds me that I am worth it to God to have someone help. He doesn’t expect us to deal with our needs alone. He takes care of us in so many ways. Instead of being frustrated or discouraged I recommend we start counting our blessings!
It is my prayer that you see your inabilities as just a label similar to brown hair or that you are a woman or a man. Stop feeling bad about what you cannot do, but instead God created you and loves you! When God sends someone to assist you give praise and thanks! Refrain from negativity! This is how satan gets in. Give God the glory through all our inadequacies.