From Your Pastor, April 2

From Your Pastor, April 2

I’m about done with this lockdown.
 
I’ve gone through stages of being concerned about the disease, troubled by the fallout, interested by reactions, and bored (just because). Now I’m done.
 
At my house, we are having a conversation that I expect many of you are having: the “how long can this go on?” conversation. Some of us are getting to the end of our patience. Some of us are afraid as we see the number of infections rise. Some of us may already have lost someone. We are beginning to wonder how much more of this we can take. We feel the limit coming.
 
Thankfully, when we feel the end of our strength, God’s word speaks to us.  When we doubt if we have enough talent or enough patience or enough… *fill in the blank*, God points us to our help. 
 
Moses was in a similar place once. He had been running from Egypt for half of his lifetime. Then one day, he came face to face with God. And God gave Moses a mission: Go back to Egypt and call Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go. But Moses was afraid. He thought it was beyond his talent or strength. Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue” (Ex 4:10). But the Lord won’t have it. He says, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak” (Ex 4:11–12). God reminds Moses––who is so concerned about words––that he created his mouth. And the Lord goes on: he is the one who enables ALL things. All speech, all perception, all communication… life itself is possible because God wills it.  
 
Moses was fearful because he was looking at his own ability. But, God reminded him that his ability didn’t matter in the slightest. What mattered was that God had given him a calling, and that God would be with him through it all, enabling and helping (“I will be with your mouth”).  
 
How about us? For those of you who are wondering if you’ve got the strength, the emotional endurance to keep going, remember what God told Moses.  Our calling to honor the Lord, love our families, be a light, and to trust our savior, is all we need. The one who gave us that calling will be with us. What matters more than our strength is his presence, his enabling. 
 
Next time you feel yourself at the limit, think about Moses’s protests.  Then remember that “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil 2:13).
 
 
–Pastor Barry