by Preston Stewart
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But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Exodus 4:10-11
In this verse, God is calling Moses to do some really cool stuff, but Moses, because of his stuttering is insecure and hesitant to do it.
I had a very similar conversation with the Lord once about this very thing. I began to argue with God that I should not be a preacher, I should not be a teacher, because I stutter. I believed I could not be used by our Heavenly Father because I stutter. The very thought of getting up in front of a group and speaking rattled my nerves and caused more anxiety than I can possibly explain. The audience or congregation turned into childhood foes who were just waiting for me to speak so they could make fun of my weakness.
Today I am a pastor, so what changed. This verse changed me. I still stutter, the difference is I just don’t care. I embrace it, it’s a reminder to me that when people are touched by the words I speak, it is not me, it must be God. It reminds me that I can in no way do what I do without Him. It keeps me humble and grateful that God works through me to do powerful things in the lives of others.
So what’s the point? In your weakness, whatever it may be, there is where Gods strength many times is most prevalent, most felt and most glorified. God allows us to have weakness so that in those things we will lean more on Him and experience His power like never before. God never called the best people; He called the weak, the damaged, the outcasts and yes the stutterers. Because it is through these people that His power can be fully seen.
God has a purpose for each of us, He has a plan. Many times, as that plan becomes clear, we will see that our biggest weakness or insecurity becomes an excuse to not obey. I would encourage you to remember, it is in that weakness that Gods power is going to show the most, it is that insecurity that will keep you humble.
Perhaps the most important thing to understand is that when God is using you, there is no weakness, because there is no weakness in Him.
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