Who Gave You . . . ?

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Exodus 4:1-17

Who has made man’s mouth? . . . Is it not I, the LORD? (v. 11)

My father-in-law is a retired dentist. He treated his working life as a calling as well as a profession. He was extraordinarily skilled in the art and science of dentistry. He was also a compassionate, personable, and generous practitioner. In spite of his experience and ability, he once told me that he began many days with this worry: “What if today I encounter a problem I can’t fix?”

Moses is in the middle of a conversation with the Lord God when God says he is sending Moses to stand before the pharaoh in Egypt to demand his people’s freedom. The magnitude of this calling begins to sink in, and Moses asks the obvious question: “What if I can’t do it?”

God calls us to serve as representatives of his grace and glory. We often feel unequal to this calling and ill-equipped to accomplish the work before us. But the God who called Moses, and calls us, is the God from whom all gifts and abilities flow. Not only does God promise to equip us for his calling, he promises to shine through our flaws and limitations. The apostle Paul writes, “I will boast . . . gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9).

If indeed we are representatives of God the Creator and Redeemer, then we can trust God to equip us and utilize us by his power, for his purposes. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, ask the Lord to equip you and shine through you.