Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak (v. 12).
As you read Scripture, do you ever want to pull a character aside for some quick counseling? Take Moses, for example. He’s just encountered God, who reaches out to him through a burning bush, gives him signs to use against Pharaoh, and offers every possible assurance that the Divine will be with him wherever he goes. But despite such awe-inspiring experiences, Moses can’t take his eyes off of his own insecurities.
God equips him for an extraordinary adventure, but Moses tries to equip God with a list of reasons why the Almighty chose the wrong person for this mission. Shouldn’t the kind of astonishing experiences that God gave Moses make him a brand new individual who is ready for anything? Why doesn’t Moses see that if God has elaborate plans for liberating the Israelites, God could certainly help Moses give a speech?
It’s the “Now go” command that makes Moses more than nervous. God gives him all kinds of promises and assurances, but it’s the required leap of faith on his part that Moses struggles with. Advising Moses to trust God at this point in the story seems obvious to us.
What might be less apparent is how often we borrow his response when God equips us for extraordinary adventure. Do the characters in the biblical cast ever want to pull us aside for some quick counseling when they view our stories?
What might Moses say to you today about your life with God?
God, help us take a leap of faith instead of dwelling on all those things we feel unable to do. Keep us focused on your assurance that you will be with us. Amen.