Exodus 4: God Helps Us Overcome Our Problems


This post is going to be a little bit more personal than what I normally write, but I found a lot of application in Exodus chapter 4.

For any of you who don’t know, I use a power wheelchair and have pretty weak muscles. People always wonder how difficult it is to live with a disability, but this chapter contains a pretty nice promise in regards to disability.

Exo 4:10  And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Exo 4:11  And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Exo 4:12  Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

Moses was upset because he wasn’t sure that he was worthy of speaking before Pharaoh. Although we don’t necessarily know all of the details, he seems to have had some type of speech impediment that he was somewhat self-conscious about.

However, despite all of his insecurity, God came to him and basically said that he really didn’t need to worry about any of his fears. After all, God created his body exactly the way that He had planned. He knew everything about Moses, and there are no limits to what God can do.

This passage is very comforting. Many people wonder why a loving God would create things like disability or even hardships in general. However, when you view the world that way, you really limit the power of what God can do.

In verse 12, He promised to be with Moses and would help him speak to Pharaoh. Similarly, God will help all of us in any area that we need help. Is there any problem that is larger than God? Absolutely not.

From a world perspective, disability might look like a terrible thing. However, when you take a different perspective and realize that the same God that knit you together before you were born will give you the power to overcome many of the struggles, you can live life with confidence.

In fact, this promise can be reaffirmed by two of my favorite Bible verses that have made numerous appearances on this blog.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Overall, we can conclude from a combination of these passages that God knew us from the beginning, He is in charge of everything right now and He ultimately will work out the end for us.

Even though this passage in Exodus speaks to me personally because of the disability connection, I think that it is really applies anyone knows any type of trouble. We may think that our problems and disqualify us from doing certain things, but that is quite simply not the case.

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Posted on September 14, 2012, in Exodus and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Today’s entry is really wonderful, Zak, and a great comfort to us all. We are all disabled in some way if we compare ourselves to others. As someone told me once, “There is always someone smarter, richer, better at sports or writing or school, or in some way better than you.” If we trust in God that he has given us a unique set of pluses and minuses that make us who we are AND that he has a plan for us that requires just that set of pluses and minuses, we can then go ahead with confidence and play the part in his creation that he intends. I always go back to Ephesian’s 4:11 for grounding my self in what I can do, not what I can’s do: “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers”. None of us can be everything but all of us can be something, and together we can be all God needs to accomplish his plan. Take care. Have a great day.

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