Suspend Reality – Hadiya Brown

Exodus 4:10-12  NKJV  10Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Saying the right thing. This is something that worries me the most. Words and how we use them, carry unimaginable power; and with that power, responsibility naturally follows.

Words can build up, or they can tear down. The right ones can open doors once closed, while a single slip of the tongue can get the door slammed in your face.  That old playground saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me”, just isn’t true. Words can and do hurt us and the people in our lives every single day, even those that go unspoken.

As human beings, we are blessed with the gift of language so that we may communicate with one another. As Christian men and women, we are also blessed with God’s instruction on how best to use language to heal, encourage and edify our sisters and brothers in Christ, as well as those who are of the world around us.

Notice that in verse 12, the Lord addresses Moses’ doubts in his own ability to go forth and speak in the name of the Lord. He assures Moses that He will teach him the words that he should speak. There is a valuable lesson for us in these words. And most importantly, within this passage of scripture is a wealth of knowledge about who God is (compassionate and kind), and it is an indication of just how much He loves us.

God chose Moses because he was the best person to deliver His message. But by stating that He would “teach” Moses, the Lord acknowledged Moses’ imperfections, while simultaneously forgiving him of them. He knew that he had the right person for the job, even though Moses didn’t think so.

This is an example of God’s incomprehensible ability to shape anyone into the powerful and anointed person that He needs him or her to be. Only one year ago, if someone had said to me, “Hadiya, you are going to write a church’s blog”, I would have told them that they were crazy. Not only was I still on the fence about God and following Him, but I also considered myself completely unworthy of God’s grace. Sin had a powerful hold over my mind, and had taken up residence in my heart. What could someone like me, doing all the things I had done, possibly tell anyone about God?

But choosing to become a disciple of Jesus Christ and studying my bible have taught me otherwise. I realize that I did not know who God was, and that I was unaware of all that He can do.

Matthew 9:10-13  NKJV  10Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’.(a.)  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance”. (a. Hosea 6:6)

With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). He can turn a woman who feels worthless, into one who knows that she is precious in His sight. And God can change a man, hopeless and overcome by sin, into one who knows that his strength lies in yielding before Him. There are no limits to God’s love for each and every one of us, no matter who we are. No matter what we have done. You need only to open your mouth, speak your truth, and ask Him for whatever it is you need. The Lord is always listening, so tell him what is in your heart. He will hear you, He will heal you, and He will make your path clear.

Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV   28“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.


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