“The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:11-12
Shopping! May not be your thing. But it’s most people’s passion. Some of us love shopping and would go and pick the needed and the non-needed items, because we saw that big bold red letter words which read out : SALE. Not You? But hang in and read on.
When it comes time to weed out your closet, how do you determine whether to keep something or pass it on to Goodwill? Thoughts that go into our heart closets are very much like these clothes; sometimes carefully chosen and sorted. Other times they’re rumpled and dirty hand-me-downs that we toss haphazardly into the corner.
Moses had to select from his word-robe when God told him to go speak to Pharaoh.
God had already spoken to him in a burning bush, turned his staff into a snake and back again, and afflicted—and then healed—his hand of leprosy. These miraculous acts should have deposited grand thoughts of “God is awesome,” “God can do anything,” and “God will be with me” into his heart, but instead Moses pulled out this ugly, faith-lacking response:
“Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus 4:10)
He responded by using thoughts about His weaknesses instead of thoughts about God’s strength. His heart-closet contained so many ill-fitting assumptions that he was unable to quickly don the name-brand truths from his Creator and Designer, Yahweh.
God responds to Moses by speaking about Himself. Not about Moses.
“The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:11-12.
What good is it to think before you speak if your thoughts are shaped by self-deprecating lies or inaccurate views of God’s power? Here is what is good and helpful: We must think truth before speaking. Even better, we must think truth about God. What we think about God (and about our self!) forms a little at a time over a long period of time. Just like our bedroom closet contains items from many different seasons (or sizes) in life, our heart-closet will house a word-robe we’ve fashioned over the course of our life.
Word-robe building begins with all the thoughts we buy into.
Have you gone shopping lately in the Designer department?
What words would be hanging in there waiting to be worn?
Today, purpose to put on the promises of the Master Designer. For, we got to be people who are purposeful about what we think, just like how we would take time to select an outfit be for a wedding or a grand occasion. Intentionally dress your mind with His thoughts, and look beautiful inside out. They will be sure to spark joy. They will be tailored to your unique personhood. And most importantly…They will look fabulous on you.