Eloquent Phrases

February 27, 2013
by Cassandra Wessel

Exodus 4:10 – 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." (NIV)

I love to write, but admittedly, words don't always flow easily from my mind out through my fingertips. For those who know me as a jabber-box, that might be a bit of a surprise, but feeling inadequate is my Achilles heel when it comes to being an author. I constantly struggle with not feeling up to the challenge of conveying God's Word on the printed page — which was why the Lord's reassurance to Moses meant so much to me.

When God called Moses to be the great deliverer of the Israelite people from slavery in Egypt, Moses protested that his speech and tongue were slow — in essence, he was tongue-tied. But God doesn't give up easily on a person.

Exodus 4:11 – The Lord said to him, "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?" (NIV)

God reminded Moses that as Creator of everything, He had the power to enable him to do what God was asking — which is exactly what happened. At first, God supplied a spokesman through Moses' brother Aaron, but gradually, we find Moses himself speaking God's words. Then, toward the end of his life, he penned a psalm which sings God's praises. In this piece of poetry we marvel at Moses' confidence as we read his flowing, eloquent phrases.

    Listen, O heavens, and I will speak;
    hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
    Let my teaching fall like rain
    and my words descend like dew,
    like showers on new grass,
    like abundant rain on tender plants.
    I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
    Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
    He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
    and all his ways are just.
    A faithful God who does no wrong,
    upright and just is he. (Deuteronomy 32:1-4 NIV)

God gave Moses gentle eloquence like glistening dew upon greening grass. God did what He promised He would do for Moses. God created proficiency where there had been a stammering tongue.

For those of us who feel as if we cannot do what God has called us to do, that we've not got enough talent, education, or ability, let us hear God's Word to Moses, because it is His Word for us.

Exodus 4:12 – "Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say." (NIV)

Prayer: Creator God, enable us to trust You to provide what we lack as we step forward to serve You, for we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Cassandra Wessel <casswessel@ymail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    AMEN!


    Amen Cass.


    Dear Cassandra: Thank you for today’s word of wisdom, warning and encouragement.


    Thanks, Cassandra, for today’s message. It is always difficult to know when to speak and what to say. Having senior moments sometimes makes us think of the answer a bit too late! Blessings.


    Love these lines —
    For those of us who feel as if we cannot do what God has called us to do, that we’ve not got enough talent, education, or ability, let us hear God’s Word to Moses, because it is His Word for us.


    Dear Cass,
    What a wonderful thought! I am amazed at what our Creator, God, places in our mouths as we write for Him.
    Praise Him! God continue to bless you!


    Cassandra,
    Beautifully written. Timeless words to live by.
    Well done.
    Blessings.


    Dear Cassandra,
    I too am a talker, but when it somes to writing, I’m much more brief and to the point, with God’s guidance. Thanks for sharing this with all who may read it today so they too may ‘step out’ in faith and be encouraged to write what God gives them.


    Dear Cass,
    I too struggle with inadequacy, so your message really spoke to me. Moses is a great example of how God can use anyone for His glory. I especially enjoyed your insight regarding Moses’ confidence at the end of his life. I never thought about that before.
    Keep writing. Your words are always an encouragement to me!
    Blessings.


    Hi Cassandra,
    I taught English for many years and I did not find anything wrong with your writing. Too much eloquence can be very boring. And, eloquent people tend to overkill with their easy phrases and erudite delivery. They make other folks feel uncomfortable…as that trite saying goes: “Intoxicated by the exuberance of their own verbosity”.
    Silence often the best eloquence…as when our Saviour wrote on the sand.
    Blessings.


    Dear Cassandra,
    Thank you for a blessed and blessing devotional with much truth from the word of God.
    God has used your talents to put it together meaningfully.
    I especially enjoyed :
    Exodus 4:11 – The Lord said to him, “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?” (NIV)
    God reminded Moses that as Creator of everything, He had the power to enable him to do what God was asking – which is exactly what happened. At first, God supplied a spokesman through Moses’ brother Aaron, but gradually, we find Moses himself speaking God’s words.
    God directed Moses’ spiritual growth. He will keep directing His peoples’ growth — as we join him in prayer to this end too.
    Keep writing.


    Good Morning Cassandra:
    What a pleasant devotional for many who think they are not able to express themselves in a fashion pleasing to those surrounding them and indeed their Lord.
    Like He so ably said in Exodus 4:11 – “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?” (NIV) – Truly a scripture that opens my eyes and makes me realize often when I say I am are not qualified, I am just being lazy and delinquent and not depending on He who is the giver of every good and perfect gift. I loved this message, one that I personally needed.
    Blessings to you always…And please never forget… God has blessed you with the wonderful gift of writing and proclaiming His word to our sick and sinful souls, never forget to use your gift and continue to bring words of joy and salvation into the lives of many.
    Blessings.


    I needed to hear this today. Bless you.


    Isn’t it wonderful the way the Lord uses ordinary people by enabling them to do what He has called them to do. Thanks for stopping by and reading.


    Cass, I love your devotionals. Beautifully written and I know it comes from your heart. Thank you.


    Reading “Feedback” illustrates the great gifts that God gives to us. All we have to do is listen. He will impact on us all that we need and we need to be thankful for such blessings. I am grateful for all that I read, which is written with inspiration.

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