Moses and God

I love the story of the calling of Moses. To say Moses was reluctant would be understating it. He did not want to go. Here is the text…

But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord ? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” (Exodus 4:10-13 NLT)

Moses pleaded with God to let him out of his mission. Moses was not confident as a leader or as a public speaker. He thought his mission was doomed to failure and that he would probably embarrass himself and God.

But God looked at Moses’ problem quite differently. God knew Moses only needed a little help and encouragement. God told Moses He made his mouth and would give him the words to say.

At times as Christians, it is easy for us to focus on our perceived weaknesses. We have to remember though, if God asks us to do something, then he will help us get the job done. He has equipped us with all we need, including His enabling.

If the mission God calls us to involves some of our weak areas, then we can trust that He will provide words, strength, courage, and ability where needed.

If you are not confident in yourself, don’t look to your weaknesses, look to the amazing things Moses did with God’s help.

God Bless,
Dave

Small giving?

I read a story today of a lady who was extrememly poor and often did not have enough money to live on. It was really tough for her over a long period of time.

But each week she would faithfully put $4.00 in the offering at her church. The Deacons knew it was from her said to her it might be better to spend the money on her family. Her reply was that it gave her dignity to give even in her extreme situation.

This story reminds me of years ago at a church I used to attend. Often I would help to count and record the offering. Each week there was an envelope with a $5.00 note and a $2.00 coin. No matter what time of the year it was, it was there.

There was something in the commitment of this offering that inspired me. It was small compared to many of the large cheques or cash amounts that were given, but it was always there.

If the person was away one week. Two identical evelopes would be there next week without fail.

As I type I am reminded of the Widows mite offering in the Temple (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4). What she gave did not amount to much in a commercial sense, but it was more than all the rest due to it was all she had to live on.

These stories remind me that it really is about our attitude in giving. God wants us to be cheerful givers who love to give and also see it as a reflection of our thankfulness for all He has given us and trust in Him for our future needs.

Let us purpose in our hearts to be generous and cheerful givers whether our offering is big or small in the eyes of others.

God Bless,
Dave