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? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
I have been thinking a lot lately about the difference between what is in God’s plan and what God allows. Does God determine who will have to deal with the pain and complications of having chronic illness or is it something he just allows?
The verse above is from the story of Moses. God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and ask him to allow the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Moses argued with God about his decision, because Moses struggled with his speech (likely a stutter). How was he supposed to speak to someone so powerful for something so important?
Here’s the other part of the story. Moses grew up in the same household as the Pharaoh. Was he prepared his whole life for the task for which he would be needed?
But if God knew what purpose Moses was created for, then why did he also give him something that would make him so unsure to speak?