The Power of Incapability

February 11, 2010 — Leave a comment

Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue.”

~Exodus 4:10

Ernest Shackleton supposedly ran the following advertisement in the London Times:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness.  Safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in event of success.”

What a job description!  Who would feel qualified for such a job?  Apparently, a bunch of British men.  According to the story, over 5,000 applicants responded to Ernest Shacketon’s appeal to join him on his expedition to Antarctica.

In a wonderful moment of authenticity Moses admits that he feels incapable of doing what God is calling him to do.  Moses revealed his insecurities when he confessed, ““O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10).  In our arrogant, self-centered world insecurity is not regarded as a positive quality.  How many churches have you been a part of who would hire a preacher who was this authentic about his weaknesses?  A preaching candidate who was this authentic with a search committee would not only be quickly sent on his way, but would probably be remembered as a joke by the committee for years to come.

Moses’ incapability was what made him the most capable for the job.

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