Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. Acts 7:22
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.” Exodus 4:10
It would seem that Moses’ reluctance did not stem from a speech impediment, as much as impending self doubt. He doubted his ability to be eloquent or quick witted enough in front of the Pharaoh.
I don’t know about you but I am SO grateful God decided to include these nuggets in Scripture!
Look at how the amazing Paul reveals others comments about himself in 2 Corinthians 10:10. For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.” How is that for a hit to the self confidence! Yet Paul wisely keeps his focus fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of his faith (Hebrews 12:2)! Paul continues in 2 Cor. 10:17 But let him who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Paul was working for an audience of One as should we.
Back to Ex. 4. God responds to Moses’ self esteem issue with verse 11-12 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.” He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.
It was never about Moses or Paul or even us, about what we think we can or can’t bring to the table. It was, and always is, about God and what He wants to accomplish through the clay pots (cracks and all) that He created just perfectly in His eyes for His Kingdom purpose!
Jesus, fix our eyes on You and please grant us ever increasing trust in You so as to boldly say, “Here am I. Send me (Isaiah 6:8)!” That one day You might commend us with well done good and faithful servant! (Matt. 25:23)
Independent Read: Philippians 4:13