One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Exodus.
“‘But Lord!’ Moses objected. ‘My own people won’t listen to me anymore. How can I expect Pharaoh to listen? I’m such a clumsy speaker!’” ~Exodus 6:12
The negative self-talk of Moses!
How often had Moses thought this about himself? How many times have these words rattled around in his head until his voice gave them life? I’m not advocating the opposite, lying to ourselves with puffed-up ego driven positive motivation. No, what I’m suggesting is that we place our confidence in the Lord. Moses’ words weren’t reality! Reality is what the lord says it is, and the reality is, confidence in the Lord is more trustworthy than any self-talk we might entertain!
Nowhere in all of scripture does it say that the people refused to listen because of Moses’ lack of public speaking skills. The people were “discouraged by the brutality of their slavery,” and Pharaoh was too arrogant with power to believe there could be a higher authority. The world of Egypt had devolved into a situation where nobody would listen, nobody could hear the word of God.
Those places exit today. They exit both elsewhere and within our own hearts. When we’ve reached this point, fine words and negotiations won’t work. So, Moses wasn’t there to speak or bargain. Moses wasn’t there to eloquently persuade anybody. Moses was there simply to inform the world of what the Lord was about to do, free His children, give life to His children, and bring His Children home!
The people thought this was preposterous and Pharaoh scoffed at the impossibility, but nothing is impossible with God!
So when the self-talk is too loud, ask yourself if it lines up with the never-failing word of God, and than allow Him to illuminate your next steps as you participate in the work of “bringing the children of God home.”
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?