14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.” Exodus 4:14-17
I don’t believe it was God’s desire for Moses to share this responsibility with Aaron. Aaron was probably an orator of some sort and confident of his speaking abilities. Perhaps he had been in front of royalty before and was fearless. Of course God can use someone like that, no question about it.
But He can and often does use those who are not gifted, not eloquent, or not fearless. That statement is so apparent to me since I’ve been writing these devotionals.
The reason he does this is simple. If I as a great public speaker delivered a grandiose speech, I could claim it was through preparation and experience. If someone else does the same thing, he could also claim those two qualities, but he might be more likely to give God glory because he was scared out of his wit to stand up there and speak. God calmed his fears at the right time. God helped him prepare. God worked in and through him.
It doesn’t mean a person becomes sloppy and fails to prepare. It just means that God is always willing to assist those who trust Him. In fact, using this same illustration, I would think it’s more difficult to give God the glory for a sermon or speech when you’re not relying on God for the strength and words.
But when a preacher or teacher is prepared and relies on the Holy Spirit before, during, and after preparing, then God gets the glory and the message is more powerful and meaningful.
It’s like that with everything we do.