What Does Exodus 4:11 Mean?

The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Exodus 4:11(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Moses, who was from the Levitical line from Jacob was called to be God's great prophet to Israel. He was the one who lead the people out of Egypt and became Israel's renown Lawgiver at eighty years old. Kept in social isolation for half his life, he was in the despised vocation as a sheep-herder in the parched, arid wilderness, where his self-will was broken.

It was here that the fiery flame of God met with him at the burning bush and he found himself being summoned by the God of His fathers to save God's people from slavery in Egypt. Before his intense training programme Moses thought He could do all things through his own strength. But it was not until his will was crushed by the Lord in his own wilderness walk, that Moses had his earth-shattering encounter with God on Mount Sinai, Who announced, I AM Who I AM.

The former prideful Moses became the most humble of men who recoiled from the enormous responsibility that God chose to lay upon his shoulders. How could a man that stuttered so badly and spoke so inarticulately be the chosen mouthpiece of the God of the universe. How could Moses convey God's orders to the great king of the earth?

But God not only made man's mouth, but He man deaf or dumb, sighted or blind, for He possesses power over all the senses and attributes of men. He is the One that made all things and He is the One Who holds all things together. God is well able to equip His chosen vessel with the qualification and abilities to fulfil all heavenly instructions - for His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

This is no less true today than when Moses removed his shoes on the holy mount. It is never easy when God says GO, for we often want to stay. Nor it is easy when He instructs us to STAND STILL, for we think we want to go. But when our fleshly self-will has finally been broken by our gracious God and we can unreservedly whisper: Thy will, not mine be done, as did Christ in His Gethsemane, then as we open our mouth we will speak the words that He chooses, and we will finally discover His grace IS sufficient for His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

My Prayer

Father I begin to understand that irrespective of how limited my ability or how boundless my talents, unless I am lead of You and speak the words You instruct I will be ineffective in my work for You. Teach me Your will and guide me in Your ways. Lead me in the paths of righteousness and may Your will not mine be done, in Christ's name, AMEN.

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