Scripture: Exodus 6:26-30
Key verse: (30) But Moses said in the Lord’s presence, “Since I am a poor speaker, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”
Reflection: Our scripture reading today ends on a question many of us have also found ourselves asking, “why would anyone listen to me?” In these days in which there are so many loud voices out there: on social media, on the television, anywhere we go really. We are constantly encountering people who are adding their voice among the crowd. So we ask, why would anyone listen to us?
In the text, Moses asks this of God in response to God’s call to confront Pharaoh. This is often seen as Moses unwillingness to answer God’s call – Moses is skeptical of his ability to carry out the request, he isn’t able to trust in God’s plan. While this is certainly an element, Moses shows God his fear of what will happen and if his role in the plan will be effective. “Why would Pharaoh listen to me?” Moses seems to be pleading with God saying there must be someone else who will do a better job, who will be more persuasive. Send them.
I wonder how often our lack of confidence in our own voice leaves us in a similar position to Moses. If we don’t trust that God might have a plan in store for us and so we ask, why would they listen to us? The answer to this is twofold. We will be listened to because we already have the gifts within us giving us the ability to speak truth to who God is. God created us just so. And, we will be listened to because of the message we bring to others. We bring a message of justice, mercy and love given to us by God, exemplified in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and remaining with us still through the power of the Holy Spirit. I wonder what God might be calling you to say today. I wonder if you might be able to say those words, regardless of who will listen. I wonder if rather than fearing those we encounter we can trust in the voice that God gave us.
Prayer: God of our ancestors, you formed us in the beginning and created us out of love. Help us to find the voice to answer your call, and to share your message with others, even in the face of fear. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].