Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Shy About Speaking?
Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.
Exodus 4:10 (NAS)
Afraid of public speaking?

You're not alone. Moses was afraid to speak in public. When God told him what to say to Pharaoh, Moses pleaded with God to change His mind. God reassured him, 'Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say' (Exodus 4:12). But even God's amazing promise was not enough for Moses, and he continued to protest.

How could the legendary Moses, the man who parted the Red Sea, who performed amazing signs and wonders, and led millions of Jews out of Egypt, be scared to speak for God--even with God's personal guarantee?

'Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses' (v.14), and God replaced Him as a speaker. Through the Israelite's 40-year journey in the wilderness, Moses eventually overcame his fear of speaking and issued such decrees as the Ten Commandments to the entire nation of Israel.

Many talented singers, dancers, and models face the same challenge today. They are afraid to speak in public. 'I don't act,' they say. Whether this statement comes from ignorance, stubbornness, or fear, they prefer to do their 'favorite' talent. Speaking is not on the list.

However, God's list may be different--and the entertainment industry's list is definitely different. Acting and interviewing like a pro, thereby representing both God and your agent well, are a vital part of show business, a.k.a. the signs and wonders business.

I have auditioned thousands of performers who didn't want to act. When they learned it was an audition requirement, many gave their scripts a half-hearted effort. Some walked out altogether.

However, those who said 'Yes' and worked diligently to excel (not only in the talent they loved, but also in the talent they needed) succeeded gloriously. You must speak and speak well. Trust God to teach you. Otherwise, you will be replaced with one more willing. Or, like Moses, you may be given 40 more years to practice.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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