Buried Treasure (Part 4: Stage Fright)
But Moses said, 'No, Lord, don't send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven't become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant.'
Exodus 4:10 (GNT)
Then said I: 'Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.'
Jeremiah 1:6 (NKJV)
I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.
Matthew 25:25 (NKJV)
Stage fright is common among God's servants before important roles and decisions. Consider Gideon: 'So he said to Him, 'O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house' ' (Judges 6:15).
Consider the twelve leaders chosen by Moses to check out the Promised Land: 'The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature... we were like grasshoppers' (Numbers 13:32-33). Two had faith to proceed (Joshua and Caleb). Ten did not. Majority ruled, and 40 years in the wilderness followed.
Everyone feels fear before a big performance. Even Jesus: 'Take this cup away from Me' (Mark 14:36). The dividing line between hero and heel is one simple word: nevertheless. 'Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done' (Luke 22:42).
The hero steps forward in blind faith. As he opens his eyes, stage fright becomes God's light. The hero finds himself starring in a production directed by God, and the ending is more than good. It's grand.
Regarding our talents? They're not really our talents; they are His, and they should never be buried. His will is for us to take the talents He entrusted to us into the world for a grand performance to benefit mankind.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Buried Treasure series.