January 18

Exodus 4-6, Psalm 18

Frank Stephens, a man with Down Syndrome defended with an eloquent speech, his existence, on November 1, 2017 on Capital Hill. He said, “Whatever you learn today, remember this: I am a man with Down Syndrome and my life is worth living!” He emotionally said, “It’s hard for me to sit here and say those words,” addressing the use of prenatal testing to identify preborn children with Down Syndrome so that they could be targeted for termination. He mentioned those in Denmark and Iceland bragging about eliminating Down Syndrome in their respective nations through the use of testing and abortion. He said that their push for a final solution for Down Syndrome is similar to Nazi genocide and is a deeply prejudiced view based on very outdated ideas on life with Down Syndrome. Dwight L. Moody, one of the great preachers of the 19th century had a speech impediment. Nick Vujicic born without limbs, is a Christian motivational speaker. We are all usable by God, if we allow ourselves to be used.

When Moses is called by God to go before Pharaoh in Exodus 4:10-12, we read, “Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” We may have weaknesses and disabilities, but God has a purpose in all of it and can easily overcome our disabilities. Moses also answers God’s calling in Exodus 4:1 with doubt, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord had not appeared to you.’ ” How many refuse to step out in faith fearing possible obstacles. Paul said in Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” But when we finally do step out in faith, we must remember the road might not be easy. Moses approached God in Exodus 5:22-23, “Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.” God responds in the next verse, 6:1, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”

When reading Scripture sometimes it’s easy to look at it in disbelief. How could Moses, still with his sandals off and speaking to a burning bush which is not being consumed, to God Himself not yield to His calling. But then we must ask ourselves the same question. All of us who call ourselves Christian are called. What obstacles do we deem insurmountable that prevents us from stepping out in faith. Is it fear of rejection, being afraid of not knowing what to say, fear of offending someone etc. Would we rather sit on the sidelines and let someone else step out. God promises us that if we step out in faith, He will reward us with more faith. Though the task and the road may be difficult, He will never leave us nor forsake us. As Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato