Interviews are usually nerve racking. We’re supposed to sit and answer questions asked by someone else that sum up who we are as a person. In a limited amount of time someone is supposed to assess your strengths and weaknesses and to see if you’re able to accomplish the task at hand. In the real world, we’re supposed to know what our strengths and weaknesses are, and only use our abilities in things we we excel in. The funny thing is, God doesn’t see our strengths and weaknesses the way we do.
An “interview” in the Exodus 4 between God and Moses made me wonder how often I am miserably failing in my walk with God because I focus on myself instead of Him. God doesn’t let us walk alone, in order for us to grow stronger in our faith and walk; His grace covers us and allows our flaws to be used for His glory. He knows us inside and out. God already knew Moses inside and out. There were no questions about who Moses was, what he was good at, or bad at. God was giving a job to Moses knowing every detail of his life. When Moses makes the excuse about being “slow of speech” (Exodus 4:10) there is no mention of God healing Moses. Instead, God replies:
“Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
– Exodus 4:11-12
God’s first promise was that He would be with Moses and his weakness. His second promise was that He would teach Moses what to say. He doesn’t just put words in Moses mouth when the time comes. Moses was meant to spend time with God and understand Him. At the right time, Moses would have to go before the Pharaoh, God wasn’t planning on just pushing him in front of the king of Egypt. God wanted to prepare Moses’ heart. There are times throughout my life where I just expect God to be there when I need Him, instead of spending time with Him beforehand and knowing what is on His heart. There is a huge responsibility on our part to do God’s work but there’s a bigger responsibility to do it right – which means to know God better and allow Him to teach us to do His work for Him. This only comes through spending more time with Him than anyone else. I’m preaching to myself more than anyone because although I spend time with God, there are days it’s a fraction of a second compared to how much time I spend doing other things. Spending time with God every day more than with others is something we all have to work on at some point in our walk. Like any relationship, there will be struggles. Struggles such as not understanding what the person is really trying to say or being hurt because of misunderstandings, it takes time to understand another person. The more time we spend with God, the more we know God on a deeper level. It helps us discern His will and give us the ability to trust Him through everything He’s called us to do. Having faith that God is with us every step of the way and working through our weaknesses is a comforting thought. He made each and everyone of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves and He still uses us.
There is another part of this chapter that oddly comforted me. When Moses gives his excuses – even after God gives His great speech about His awesome power, God tells Moses that He will use Aaron, his brother to work alongside Moses.
“…and He said: “Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well.”
-Exodus 4: 14
God gave Aaron the ability to SPEAK WELL. However, God didn’t choose Aaron to SPEAK. He chose Moses. Our strengths aren’t a factor in who God chooses. God uses us based on His ability, not ours.
There will be days God calls us to do the thing we fear, to do the thing that fifty other people around us are better at. The thing is, God called only one person to accomplish it, and that person is you. Trust that He will be with you and teach you what you need to know in order to obey Him.