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.”
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.