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From Shyness to Boldness

Devotions

Dr. Erwin Lutzer served as senior pastor of Chicago’s Moody Church for 36 years. Preaching has been part of his life for decades, but many may not know that he had to overcome shyness. As a requirement to graduate from high school, students had to preach a sermon in front of the entire student body. Hesitant about his ability, Lutzer reflected on the life of Moses.

Moses’ lack of confidence, described in our text today, was probably similar to how Lutzer felt during his teenage years. In verse one we learn that Moses expressed doubt about his ability to confront Pharaoh. He was terrified to speak before the leaders of Egypt. The Lord then used three distinct miracles to convince Moses to act: a staff and snake (vv. 2–5), a restored hand in a cloak (vv. 6–7), and changing the Nile water into blood (v. 9). “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe . . .” (v. 5). Each miracle was a powerful demonstration that God was with Moses. Even then, Moses remained horrified about the prospect of returning to Pharaoh and speaking on behalf of God.

In verse 10, Moses expressed his doubts about his own ability. Notice God’s question to Moses: “Who gave human beings their mouths?” (v. 11). We may not know exactly why Moses was so reluctant to speak and follow God’s command, but I imagine many of us do the same thing all the time. We might not receive miraculous signs of God’s power like Moses did, but God often urges us to do bold things for Him. How often do we deny His power and focus instead on our own insecurity? In verse 12, God gave Moses the confidence he needed: “I will help you.” Whether it is shyness, low self- confidence, or timidity, the Lord will be with you.

>> Do you get nervous? In these times, we need to rely on God’s courage and boldness. Let the words of the Lord ring in your heart: “Now go. I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

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BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini is the associate professor and program head of the BA and MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is the vice president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the associate minister of preaching and teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. While currently on sabbatical from teaching at Moody, Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Texas.

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