This morning I woke up lacking motivation and, quite honestly, the confidence to do the things I need to do today. I’ve got a few projects that look different and are totally out of my comfort zone. I’m having a hard time pushing through them. Once inside my secret place, my focus shifted off of self and onto teachers and students, the
upcoming school year, and how things could potentially look different for them as well. I opened up my Bible to the random place where I had stuck my church notes 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. Again, my thoughts were directed to teachers and the enormous call on all educators, and I was humbled. THANK YOU TEACHERS!! NewVision FM honors you!
I was then instantly reminded of the story of Moses. God called him as a leader, but Moses was too fixed on the familiar and 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, “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!
With a brand new school year approaching, NewVision FM is praying for all students and staff, and believing for a mighty move of God within our school system.
Teachers, 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. He will be with your mouth as you speak the love of Jesus, 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)