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Moses continued backward to the work God designed him for; there was much of cowardice, slothfulness, and unbelief in him. We must not judge men by the readiness of their speech. A great deal of wisdom and true worth may be with a slow tongue. God sometimes makes his choice of those as his messengers, who have the least of the advantages, that his grace in them may appear the more glorious. Christ’s disciples were no orators, till the Holy Spirit made them such. Exodus 4:13-17:
…now go, and do as I have told you. I will help you speak well, and I will tell you what to say.” But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send someone else.” Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” He said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? He is a good speaker. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. And when he sees you, he will be very glad. You will talk to him, giving him the words to say. I will help both of you to speak clearly, and I will tell you what to do. Aaron will be your spokesman to the people, and you will be as god to him, telling him what to say. And be sure to take your shepherd’s staff along so you can perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”
But while we blame Moses for shrinking from this dangerous service, let us ask our own hearts if we are not neglecting duties that are more easy, and less perilous. The tongue of Aaron, with the head and heart of Moses, would make one completely fit for this errand. God promised, “I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth.”
Let me call attention to what we’ve just read. Verse 17: “…and be sure to take your shepherd’s staff along so you can perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.”
God took the symbol of Moses’ work (shepherding) and said he was going to perform miracles with it. God wants to do the same with men and women throughout the world. The problem is that we have not been trained to think that way. It will take a paradigm shift in our thinking to understand that all of life is a partnership with God to reveal his love and his power through our everyday life, including our work. I believe God is grieved. He desires to reflect his glory in our workplace not just in our church…