Keep Going Forward
Written by: Elisabeth Lough
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But Moses pleaded with the Lord, "O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled." Then the Lord asked Moses, "Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord?"
- Exodus 4:10-11
This school year marks my first year of teaching. I wasn’t one of those girls who always wanted to be a teacher. It’s only been within the past year that God has changed my heart toward teaching. In college I was an English major and an education minor (which I added my sophomore year only because I was intimidated by the thought of homeschooling my children one day).
It wasn’t until my senior year of college that God began to prepare me to be a teacher. It started with two of my English literature teachers; God used their passion for what they taught to give me a desire to teach secondary English, although I thought it would be after I retired. Over Christmas break, I did a practicum for my education minor, and on my last day, my fourth graders gave me some cards they had made for me, and some of them said that I would be a good teacher one day. My spring semester of senior year, I was thrown into my college’s Educator Recruitment, where principals from Christian schools in and even out of the country come to recruit new teachers. I saw the need for English teachers, and I became more open to the idea of teaching.
However, I struggled with a feeling of inadequacy. Like Moses, I didn’t feel qualified enough. I wasn’t an education major; I hadn’t taken many classes that taught me how to make lesson plans, put up a bulletin board, or teach in front of a classroom. God used the story of Moses to encourage me. “Little is much when God is in it,” as the song “Little Is Much” says. Because it was too late for me to change my major, God would have to use me with what I had.
Even though I was still uncertain about my ability to teach, I trusted that God knew what He was doing and continued to pursue a teaching position. God provided the perfect position, a middle school English position, at a Christian school in Tennessee.
This situation showed me how all-knowing God is. God knew I was capable of teaching, and God also knew that Moses was capable of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. But we both needed to trust Him first and allow Him to work in and through us.
I can relate to Moses as God showed Moses what He wanted Moses to do. When Moses was confronted with a situation he didn’t feel qualified for, he initially allowed his fear to be bigger than his faith. He did not fully trust God at that point. I’ve been there. I’ve felt that doubt and fear overwhelm my mind and make me question what I know God has called me to do. But even in Moses’s fear, he still went forward, and God showed him that he could indeed lead the people of Israel with God’s help.
If you ever feel God calling you to do something you don’t feel qualified for, or you’re not certain how well you’ll do at it, keep going forward with it. Believe me, if God is calling you to it, He will enable you to do it. First Thessalonians 5:24 (KJV) confirms this: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
1. Have you ever felt God call you to do something you didn’t feel qualified to do? If so, how did you respond?
2. How can you live differently in light of the promise of 1 Thessalonians 5:24?
Dear Lord, thank You for being all-knowing. Thank You for knowing what we’re capable of, even before we do. Help us to trust You as You call us to do things we don’t feel qualified for. Give us the faith to press forward, even when we feel doubtful and uncertain. We love You, Lord, and in Jesus’s Name we pray, amen.
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