“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Exodus 4:12 NIV
Helping You Speak
A multitude of languages have always been spoken in Canada. Prior to Confederation, the territories that would become Canada were home to over 70 distinct languages across 12 or so language families. Today, a majority of those indigenous languages are still spoken; however, only about 0.6% of the Canadian population report an Indigenous language as their mother tongue. Since the establishment of the Canadian state, English and French have been the co-official languages and are, by far, the most spoken languages in the country today.
Every one of us, at one time or another, has said something we wish we could take back. It is usually at a time when we’re not sure what to say – like at a funeral visitation – and instead of saying nothing, we end up saying the wrong thing. Others find it difficult to speak at all – especially in public or to a well-known or important person. If anyone understood this, it was Moses. God told him He was going to send Moses to speak to Pharoah and to the people of Israel, leading them out of slavery, out of Egypt. Moses doubted his ability and so pushes back on God’s call – surely no one would listen to him! God gave Moses the promise of His abiding presence and power and then gives him this promise and call in Exodus 4:12: “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” God gives us the same call and the same promise. God has been working in someone’s heart and He is going to give you the opportunity to speak to that person today on His behalf. So go, and God will give you just the right words to say.
These have been words from the heart.