Can't Speak

June 20, 2018

Once again, it is very familiar to most of how Moses pleaded with the Lord to send someone else to deliver Israel from Egypt because of his inability to speak.  He said that he was "slow of speech and slow of tongue."  I invite you to take a walk into the book of Acts with me for a moment, and we will find Stephen telling Moses' story to those who were also familiar with it...

 

There is one verse that gets me when I read the synopsis of this story in Acts 7:

 

"Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action." 

 

He had lived for forty years as a pretty big deal in Egypt, and apparently had been raised to speak and act with authority.  What happened?  Why was he unable to speak when the Lord called him to it?

 

Of course, I am sure that there is more to the story than we can fully know, details between the lines that we can ask Moses later.  However, I offer this to chew on and ponder:  when Moses left Egypt behind, perhaps he tried to bury every portion of it that would attach him to the memory.  Perhaps he wanted no connection to his past whatsoever, the good as well as the bad.

 

Do we do the same?  We each have a past, and praise God that He paid the price to redeem us from it.  However, maybe there are portions of our history that were meant to prepare and train us...yet we have attempted to bury ALL of it.   

 

I encourage you to be open to remember what the Lord allowed in your life to teach you and prepare you for your purpose.  I encourage you to be willing to uncover some of those things that were perhaps not meant to be thrown away completely.  What greater buried treasure to discover than gifts hidden within your own past that the Lord desires to re-give you and use for someone else's future?

 

Father, take all of my past:  the good, the bad and the ugly and please use it for Your purpose and glory.  I trust You with all of it.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen.

 

Scripture:

Exodus 4:10

Acts 7:17-22 

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