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Moses continues to show us what poor in spirit looks like.  Many people will say that Moses acted like a person who had a lack of faith.  I would tend to agree with that statement, but I will qualify that statement as to perspective.  The person who is poor in spirit has a lack of faith in himself.  That is why Moses was the most humble man on earth: nothing he did (except for a notable exception to be discussed later) was in his own strength.  First Moses needs to not have faith in himself, and then he needed to develop faith in the Lord.  I believe that to be the order of events in our lives.  We cannot have faith in God while retaining faith in ourselves.  First we relinquish control and then we give that control to the Holy Spirit.  I must decrease so He may increase (John 3:30).  Let us continue to see Moses’ lack of faith in himself:

But Moses replied to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent – either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant – because I am slow and hesitant in speech.”  (Exodus 4:10, HCSB) 

I wish God would have answered, “So what; what does this have to do with you Moses?”  Obviously the Lord is much better in dealing with people than I am.  But God’s answer is not only an answer to Moses, but to all those who are poor in spirit and are being used of the Lord:

Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?  Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind?  Is it not I, the LORD?  Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”  (Exodus 4:11-12, NASB) 

This is much the same as the directive given by the Christ to his disciples: 

Whenever they bring you before synagogues and rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how you should defend yourselves or what you should say.  For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what must be said.  (Luke 12:11-12, HCSB)

It is the job of the Holy Spirit to direct our actions in our work for the Lord.  We do not cleverly use our speaking abilities to affect other people.  The person who is poor in spirit sees his lack of ability. Moses was at this point.  The lesson to be learned now is trusting in God.  If the Lord says it will be done that should be enough.  But Moses protested once again: 

Moses said, “Please Lord, send someone else.”  (Exodus 4:13, HCSB)

Moses clearly had to learn by faith that God is true to His word.  We all know that Moses will trust the Lord and do His will.  The key for us is that Moses started from the point of being poor in spirit.  At that point the call came forth, the equipping was done, and the faith in God would follow.

Trust in God to get the job done.  Prayerfully meditate on the following Scriptures and trust in the Lord:

  • 2 Samuel 22:31
  • Psalm 18:30
  • Psalm 20:7
  • Psalm 37:5
  • Psalm 119:42
  • Psalm 143:8
  • Proverbs 3:5
  • Proverbs 30:5
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