“Moses said to the Lord, ‘O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’ The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’” (Exodus 4:10-12)
Revelation does not fore human agreement and commitment. Moses had already questioned God as to His identify and power. Here he excused himself as unfit for the call. God revealed Himself as patient, yet caringly angry that Moses used every excuse not to serve. Patiently God reminded the sheepherder that the Creator has formed all human gifts and can release them for His purposes. Even more encouraging, God revealed He would continue o reveal His presence as Moses fulfilled his mission.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, the lesson from Exodus is affirmation not of the Lord’s abilities as our Creator, but also that He can reveal our gifts to us and help us to develop them as we follow Moses’ example of fulfilling our own mission, that You have given us to take on in our own lives. It is in this that we praise Jesus’ precious name and that we pray Your will is done. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We are not made rich by what is in our pockets; rather by what is in our hearts.”
“The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lore is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.” (Psalm 11:4-7)
The place of worship is God’s symbolic dwelling place, where people meet God and offer Him sacrifices as expressions of love and gratitude. The Temple revealed God’s constant presence and watchful testing of His people. The writer linked upright behavior with closeness with God, revealing that God reveals Himself to those who follow His right living. To see God’s face is to know and understand His nature.
“‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my dyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’ Then one of he seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’ Then he heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:5-8)
The prophet encountered God in the Temple worship experience, reacting as he should. He was aware of his sin, of he difference between the holy Creator and the unholy creature, and of the consequences of seeing God face to face. Worship makes us aware of God and of our own imperfections. Worship helps us hear God and understand Him as One who meets us, offers grace, and then calls us to volunteer to reveal God’s message to others. There was a time when I too, found myself face to face with God and heard the same question that Isaiah heard, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? I then heard my voice say, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ How about you, beloved have you heard God’s call to service and responded to it?
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hers, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make known to you.” (John 16:13-15)
The Holy Spirit will finish God’s revelation by declaring and interpreting all truth to maturing disciples able to understand in light of the resurrection. The Spirit prepares God’s people for the future by teaching us Jesus’ truth. The Spirit is the indwelling interpreter of God’s will. Listen to it, it is always truthful.