God Our Helper
Bible Reading: Exodus 3:1-12
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Even Moses felt inadequate at times. When God called him to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, he felt incompetent for the task. " ‘Who am I to appear before Pharaoh?'. . . ‘O Lord, I'm not very good with words. . . . 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.' Then the Lord became angry with Moses. ‘All right,' he said. ‘What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. . . . Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do' " (Exodus 3:11; 4:10-15).
God has the power to make up for any inadequacies we might have. He has the power to heal and transform our abilities. He can give us confidence in situations that are intimidating. If we still feel inadequate, even with God's promised presence and help, he is willing to give us someone to go with us and help us. That companion may be the Holy Spirit or a person who has what it takes to compensate for our shortcomings.
When God is with us, no situation is too difficult or too frightening.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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