The Imperfect Disciple

June 18, 2021

When the Spotlight Feels Like Fire

Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 6

Moses’ words of self-description, “…I speak with faltering lips,” are emotionally bracketing bookends within his soul (Exodus 6:12 & 30). Today’s Scripture resource is held together with identical-twin statements. 

When we repeat our words and phrases, when we repeat ourselves in the same conversation, passion resides within. As readers of Scripture we do not have the luxury of audibly hearing Moses’ words; however, careful observation in Scripture-reading draws our attention to his mental and emotional condition when he twice reports, “…I speak with faltering lips.” 

Good news, God’s strategy includes the faltering-one and disciples of Jesus who also suffer from fog-blurred faith. Thankfully, being imperfect does not remove us from the counsel of God.

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For Moses, God was unwilling to leave him behind even as specific leaders were set in place (Exodus 6:13-14). The fearful one, the faltering-one is becoming the publicly identified leader of all God’s people. 

God’s Boldness

The pharaoh’s ruled Egypt. Yet, there was more at work in those days than palace, pyramid and sphinx-building. 

The heritage of Messiah comes through the generations of the families, certified and publicly named in the historical record of Exodus 6. These are the Hebrews, the Jews, the family of Abraham of whom God spoke (Genesis 12); and we ask, “They are to be led by Moses-the faltering-one?”

The Spirit of God clearly invites readers to pay attention to the kind of persons with whom God works. Moses seems to have temporarily landed on center stage and apparently feels like he is in a solo presentation. The spotlight feels like fire. The gaze of pharaoh burns him. 

Moses trembles. His emotions expose excessive fear. As Scripture readers, we know what is coming. Moses did not know. 

Vision blurring fog-like days, plagues and blessings will happen as God establishes the Covenant People in the Covenant Land.  For us as readers of Scripture the faltering bookends of Moses form an enclosure proclaiming God’s boldness in dealing with weakness. 

Life Application

Do you have a strategy for times when your faith falters?

I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions.

Grace, peace and confidence to each of you.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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