I Will Be With Your Mouth
Exodus 4:12 (ESV) — “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
Have you ever been afraid to speak up about something? Maybe it was at school, work, or with a group of friends. There are many chances we have to speak the truth about different things. Maybe people are discussing God or ethical issues of the day, and you know you could speak and represent the truth as Scripture lays out, but you are afraid. You feel the knot in your stomach and your heart-rate increases. What do you do in those moments?
I remember the first time I spoke in front of a very large group. I was backstage about to preach to over 1,200 people. This was by far the largest crowd I had ever spoken in front of. My pulse raced, and I prayed asking God to help me. And He did. He does so for all of us who seek Him.
Our passage today shows God’s promise to Moses about this very thing. God had given Moses the mission to go speak to Pharaoh, but Moses was terrified. He didn’t feel up to the task, and doubted he was the right person for the job. But God gave him an incredible promise that is ours still today, “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
God tells Moses to go. He promises to be with his mouth and teach him what to speak. Moses doesn’t have to be eloquent or skilled, he simply needs to be willing to obey. God promises to supply both the content and the power to Moses’ words. The same is true for us. We are called to speak the truth of God’s Word to the world around us. We are to share the gospel with people, look for opportunities to share truths from Scripture as God opens doors, and to represent the truth in the world. You don’t have to be a polished speaker or communications expert. What you must be is willing to obey and trust God. He will be with your mouth and teach you what to say. Take God up on that promise today and look for opportunity to be faithful.
Reflection & Journal:
- When was a time in your life when you knew you needed to speak the truth, but were scared.
- Why do we often get scared and hesitant to share the gospel or speak truth to people in the world today?
- Pray for God to give you an opportunity to experience His faithfulness in this promise.
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