by Tammy Phillips
August 14, 2021
“Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”(Exodus 4:12 NKJV)
What has the Lord asked you to do? In Exodus 3 and 4, The LORD chose to speak with Moses through a burning bush and picked Moses to be His spokesperson for Israel. Take a look at this clip from the Bible.
The LORD: Come now. I will send you to Pharaoh to set my people free.
Moses: BUT GOD, who am I?
The LORD: I will be with you.
Moses: BUT GOD, what is your name? Who will I say sent me?
The LORD: I AM WHO I AM. Say, ‘I AM has sent me.” This is My name forever’
The Lord tells Moses exactly what to do and exactly what will happen.
Moses: BUT God, they will not believe nor listen to my voice.
Then the LORD showed Moses the power and Who was behind him. The LORD told Moses to throw His rod to the ground and it became a serpent. Moses ran. The LORD told him to pick up the snake by the tail and it turned back into his rod. Then the LORD told Moses to put his hand in his shirt and when he took it out, it looked leprous. The LORD told Mo to put it back in his shirt and it came out restored. Then, He even gave Moses another plan to prove to the children of Israel that He was God’s leader if they still did not believe Him. The LORD more than proved Himself to Moses. Moses still resisted.
Moses: BUT GOD, I am not eloquent, before nor since You have spoken to me. BUT GOD, I am slow of speech and tongue.
The LORD: Who made your mouth? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you to say.
MOSES: BUT GOD, Send someone else.
The LORD got angry and said He would let Aaron be the spokesman. “Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. 16 “So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God.” (Exodus 4:10, 12, 15-16 NKJV)
Have you ever been led by the LORD to do something you did not feel capable of doing? Has the LORD ever told you to speak to someone and you did not think you had the words? You are not alone. Have you ever said, “But God…?”
When the LORD first asked me to write for Him, here are a few of my “BUT GOD’s…”
- But God, it is too hard.
- But God, they will not listen to me. Who am I?
- But God, I write for therapy and enjoyment.
- But God, do you know what I have done?
- But God, I am disqualified by my past.
- But God, who will read what I write?
- But God, I do not have the words!
Like Moses, I tried to give the LORD every excuse in the world not to write for Him. And you know what He said to me? “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”(Exodus 4:12 NKJV) So, I went. I took on my writing assignment with this candid reply to my Lord whom I love, “Lord, I will do this, BUT, if you do not give me something to say each day, it will not be said.” It has been almost two years. It has not been easy. It usually takes a couple of hours to write each post, some days more and some days less. One day, I did not hear from the Lord what to say until, 10:30 PM.
I trust the Lord and ask what He wants to express. I want my words to be only His. I trust that He will “teach” me exactly what to articulate. I love the Hebrew meaning of this word, teach. It means to flow like water; to throw, shoot through, cast, pour, rain, point out, direct, and instruct. Each time I write, I wait on the flow, the throw, and the instruction from the Holy Spirit.
I enCOURAGE you to let the Lord use your mouth and trust that He will teach you what to say. There is nothing like “being in the flow” of what the LORD has asked you to do. Trust His still small voice that leads you. Do not be afraid. Boldly accept whatever assignment the Lord leads you to because He will lead you through.
PS…To be honest, I know there are other assignments where I drug my feet and I am sure that the Lord had to send an Aaron. I try to listen to His lead. However, I told the Lord that “I had rather be wrong than disobedient.” So, I go. I enCOURAGE you to boldly and fearlessly, step into His flow. He will give you the words.