Exodus 4:11–12 “The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.””
The person the Lord is speaking to in this text is Moses. I would imagine that if Moses’ father-in-law was the one speaking this to Moses he would be somewhat encouraged. If Jethro were to say, “hey Moses, I know you aren’t the most elegant speaker to walk the face of the planet; so I will come along with you, teach you, and help you to speak with Pharaoh.” Do you think Moses would be a bit encouraged? I do. So why is it that he is not encouraged when the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob tells him that he will help him and teach him what to say? Could there by anyone greater who could help Moses? God tells him that he is the one who has made man’s mouth and eyes. He reminds Moses that he makes a man deaf, mute or blind if he chooses. This is meant to encourage Moses, but it doesn’t appear to.
I think one of the reasons Moses is not encouraged is because there is still a disconnect between an invisible God and a visible man. This is one of the significant reasons why we need Jesus. When Jesus came to walk the face of the earth, he made God really, really real. He was God in the flesh. Can you imagine if Jesus were to walk out of the burning bush in all his glory and miraculous abilities. Then he were to say to Moses, “come on friend, let’s go do this!” Moses, I think would have been much, much more encouraged.
You and I may not have been alive while Jesus walked the earth. We do however have a written record that is complete, true, and certain. This record is meant to encourage us to believe that God is with us.
…“and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Jesus Christ -Matthew 28:20b