Robert Griffith | 31 January 2023
Robert Griffith
31 January 2023

 

1 Corinthians 1:27-29  “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;  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,  that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

Moses was “educated in all the learning of the Egyptians,” according to the Scriptures. In fact, Moses had developed into a “man of power in words and deeds” while living as a prince in Egypt (Acts 7:22). Therefore, it is difficult to compare this articulate and educated guy to the stuttering shepherd who, at the age of 80, was so discouraged by his shortcomings that he begged God to choose someone else.

Consider how the Lord took a leader of the world oozing with self-confidence and lowered it until it was zero. And God made the decision to utilise him when he was in this frame of mind. Moses was now capable of leading after being properly persuaded of his ineligibility for the position!

Amazingly, the Lord would eventually identify Himself as Jehovah-Rapha and say to Moses (and everyone of Israel): “I am the Lord that heals thee.” Yes, God is our healer, but occasionally, God’s hands wound before they heal. In fact, He must undermine our self-assurance before we may truly have faith in God. He shatters our haughtiness and drains it from us so that we, who were once filled with ourselves, can now be filled with God.

To serve as His representative in Egypt, the Lord summoned Moses. Moses asked in response:

Exodus 4:10   “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 

Never been a good orator? Egypt, what about it? In place of ‘Moses the Eloquent,’ we now have ‘Moses the Stammerer.’ Moses no longer possesses the attributes of a sophisticated leader, a prince who was familiar with the pinnacles of Egyptian civilisation. God has so humiliated His servant that he is unable to recall the days of his eloquent speeches and heroic actions. Moses only remembers one thing about Egypt: failure.

Moses experiences extreme heaviness at even the mere mention of Egypt; he abhors going back to the scene of his humiliation, particularly in his role as a leader. God, however, has called him to be a servant rather than a leader. And to be a servant, one need just be obedient rather than articulate.

In actuality, the Lord purposefully seeks out people who are aware of their faults.

“God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong . . . the things that are not, so that He might nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God” 

So let’s not use our shortcomings as an excuse to avoid God’s calling.

You see, in the eyes of the Almighty, we are nothing, and without Him, we are powerless to accomplish anything worthwhile. God’s glory is exhibited to its fullest in our weakness.

Perhaps your previous position in the Lord’s service seemed to be an abject failure. However, it’s also possible that the Lord has just purposely made you weak so that He might show Himself to be wonderfully strong within you.