Moses complains to the Lord that he’s never been eloquent, even after God starts speaking to him. Rather, says Moses, “I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10, NIV) Rightfully, God declares, “Who gives man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” Then God tells Moses, “Now, go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:11-12)
Even with this awesome promise, this promise to help Moses speak and to actually tell him what to say, Moses balks. He says, “Oh Lord, please send someone else to do it.” (Exodus 4:13)
God’s “anger burns against Moses.” God says that Moses’ brother, Aaron will speak for Moses who will continue to speak for God. “He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.” (Exodus 4:14,16)
God commands Moses to return to Egypt, to “perform before Pharaoh all the wonders” he now has the power from God to do. God warns, “But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will not let the people go.” (Exodus 4:21)
In everything, dear Lord, You own the power. You are sovereign. May we humble ourselves before You and worship You in spirit and in truth. In Jesus’ Name, amen.