Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer. “God said, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say. “He said, “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!” Exodus 4:10-13
The first step on the road to success begins inside our heads. Until we grapple with our past failures and conquer our sense of inadequacy, we will never be able to handle success. But once we get the negative past out of our heads, we’re able to journey toward a meaningful, fulfilling life.
When Moses was young, he made a huge mistake. He tried to take hold of his destiny and accomplish something great for God. But his timing and his methods were off, and he failed miserably. With a dead Egyptian buried in the sand and a price on Moses’ head, he retreated to the backside of the desert. As Moses watched the sheep and replayed his mistakes in his head for forty years, he allowed his dreams to wither away.
Still carrying the shame and disgrace of his past, Moses wasn’t ready to volunteer when God called him at the burning bush. He had no more ambition to do anything great for God—no passion for significant success. In fact, as God urged Moses to see the possibilities, Moses protested repeatedly.
“Who am I?” he asked (Exod. 3:11). He had lost the advantage of being raised in Pharaoh’s household. Now he was merely an unknown, insignificant shepherd.
“What should I tell them?” he asked (v. 13). Moses couldn’t imagine himself back in Pharaoh’s courts, much less debating successfully with the most powerful leader in his world.
But in spite of his protests, feelings of inadequacy, and past failures, this insignificant, hypercaurious, stuttering shepherd without a message finally bowed to the call and will of God. And with God’s help, Moses became a leader for all time.
What events or people in your past have crippled your ambitions and potential to do something great for God? What will it take for you to become daring enough to be a success for God?
Prayer: It’s far too easy, Lord, to see nothing but my shortcomings and miss the sight of your long arm of grace that can help me successfully fulfill your call. Lord, what is Your will that I do? I am completely open to Your plan for me. I desire to live only in You and to be guided by You forever. Amen