I know I’m not alone when I contemplate why I let so many opportunities slip by and I’m always able to “justify’ why I remain silent. Little excuses such as…being in a hurry, too many people around, don’t know what to say, they don’t want to hear ‘it’ anyway, too embarrassed. We’re all familiar with the excuses and we have been using them since the beginning of time and God has been reassuring us just as long. I wonder, what will I say to God if I continue in my silence?
Remember these —
Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Ex 4:10
God told Moses —
- “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
- Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 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. Ex 4:11-16
After speaking to the people and commissioning Joshua as God had told him Moses has this to say —
- “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut 31:7-8
Jeremiah seemed to be timid when he spoke these words,
- “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jer 1:6-8
God assured Jeremiah he would become strong and courageous.
God told Jeremiah —
- I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land. Jer 1:18
- “I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore. Jer 6:27
- I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze. Jer 15:20
We must remember we do not have to be afraid to share the Good News.
- God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
- So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Heb 13:5-6
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matt 5:14-16 (The Message)