But Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been a skilled speaker. Even now, after talking to you, I cannot speak well. I speak slowly and can’t find the best words.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who made a person’s mouth? And who makes someone deaf or not able to speak? Or who gives a person sight or blindness? It is I, the LORD. Now go! I will help you speak, and I will teach you what to say.” (Ex 4:10–12; NCV)
Have you ever known someone to say something along the lines as Moses? Maybe they said something like, "Oh no Lord, I know you're not talking to me. I can't speak for you, I don't know what to say. Let the pastor do it; he knows all the right words to say, but don't ask me to do it." Maybe you've said it yourself, I know I did.
So why do we cut God short? We trust him to do many wonderful things in our lives, and we even ask him to help us, knowing that he will. We ask him to heal us, protect us, help us with our problems, and the list goes on, so why do we think he would not help us speak on his behalf? Isn't it funny that for many Christians it's easier to accept that God created mankind and everything about him, but hard for us to believe he would come to our rescue and fill our mouths with words that glorify him?
I, for one, am terrified about being in front of people and opening my mouth. Some time ago, Jonie and I were asked to show about 15 people the hand motions to a song. It was like pulling teeth getting me in front of those 15 people; I was scared stiff. On the other hand, let me tell someone about the love of Jesus, even if it means getting up in front of hundreds of people, the Holy Spirit will give me all the courage in the world and more importantly he will provide me with the words to say.
We need to trust that God will provide us the right words to say and also help us to overcome the temptation to do it ourselves or worse yet not do it at all. So, speak out on behalf of the Master and remember we are never speaking alone, he is with us.