I opened up my Bible to the random place where I had stuck my church bulletin on Sunday. It was in the book of Jeremiah. My eye was drawn to a passage I had previously underlined:
Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them. Jer 1:17 (NKJV)Wow! The message there is loud and clear: Get up! Prepare yourself! Go and speak all that God has commanded you to speak today. Do it with a confidence in Him—your work is serious business to the Lord, and approaching it with anything less than a good attitude is an affront to the great calling He’s placed on your life.
I was instantly reminded of the story of Moses. God called him as a leader but Moses was too fixed on his own personal weaknesses to do what God asked:
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 to say. Ex 4:10-12 (NKJV)Notice that God didn’t tell Moses, “Hey, buddy, go easy on yourself! You talk just fine! You can do this!” Nope. He didn’t say anything about Moses’ abilities at all. Instead, God referred to His own creative power, His own infinite wisdom, and the fact that Moses would never have to be alone while doing what he was called to do. How great is that?
The NIV translation of the verse above says I will help you speak. But I really like the NKJV and the NASB: I will be with your mouth. Oh, how we need Him to do that for us!
God will be with your mouth today. He will tell you exactly what you need to say to your students to help them understand your lessons. He will be with your mouth as you try to patiently correct their misbehavior. He will be with your mouth during that difficult parent conference, that presentation, that observation, that evaluation meeting. And:
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. Is 30:21 (NKJV)