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.”
But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses.
There’s a saying that says, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” What I’ve learned is if you want to make God mad, tell him your limitations.
God came to Moses with an assignment that was a little more that he thought he could handle. The Lord wanted to use him to free His people from slavery.
Moses’ initial response seemed to reveal humility: Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt (3:11)?
God responds by saying, “I will be with you.” At this point there is no hint of anger whatsoever.
Moses asks several questions, all of them seem to be pretty legit. God answers every question by reassuring Moses, He’s got it covered. Still without anger.
But then Moses takes it too far. He implies that his ability to speak on His behalf is lacking. Some might be tempted to think that Moses is once again displaying humility. However, it’s just the opposite. It’s pride.
Moses pridefully thinks that God’s capability rises and falls with his ability or inability.
We think pride is overconfidence in our own abilities. However, there is another side to pride that is often overlooked.
There’s nothing quite as prideful as thinking that you can to single-handedly de-rail what God wants to do in and through you.
True humility is less about how we view ourselves and more about having an accurate view of God. This will shrink us down to size and make us realize that God is big enough to use anyone, of any size, of any skill, regardless of talent, and looks.
This includes you. God knew your limitations long before you were even born. Stop selling yourself short. Most important, stop selling God short. He used a stuttering, murdering, shepherd to set a whole nation free.
Imagine what He could do with you.