With God’s Help
Yael Eckstein | January 13, 2021
But Moses said to the LORD, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” — Exodus 6:30
Each week in synagogue, Jews read through the Torah from Genesis to Deuteronomy. The Torah portion for this week is Va’era, which means “and I appeared,” from Exodus 6:2–9:35.
Every day before I start to work, I say the same prayer: “Please God, use me as your vessel to bring blessings to the world.” This prayer not only keeps me humble when I do succeed, but also helps me remember when I feel overwhelmed that I am just a tool in God’s hands. Without Him, I am nothing, but with God’s help, I can do anything.
In this week’s Torah portion, we read that God instructed Moses to speak to Pharaoh on His behalf in order to free the children of Israel. However, Moses, who had a speech impediment, felt completely inadequate for such an important job. Yet, as we see throughout Scriptures, God often chooses the least likely candidates to do His most critical work.
God chose David, a young shepherd boy, so small in stature that he couldn’t wear King Saul’s armor, to slaughter the giant Goliath. God chose Joseph, hated by his brothers, a slave, and then a prison inmate, to become the Prime Minister of Egypt and the provider for his entire family and the nation of Israel. God chose Esther, a quiet orphaned Jewish girl, to become the Queen of Persia and the savior of the people of Israel.
With God’s Help, We Can Do Anything
God often chooses individuals who seem the least qualified to fill the most important roles. He does this because God wants us to know that neither talents nor abilities make a person successful, but rather, His will and His miracles that bring about salvation. As we read in Zechariah 4:6, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”
I want to encourage us all today not to be scared off by a task that seems too large. When God calls you to do something, don’t focus on your shortcomings. Do not be discouraged by what you think you cannot do. With God’s help, we can do anything.
God chooses the willing, not necessarily the able. As long as we are willing to do whatever it is that God calls us to do, He will make sure that we are able to do it.
What has God laid on your heart to do today? Pray to Him right now to give you all that you need to accomplish the task — no matter how daunting or difficult.