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Exodus 3:11 – And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (KJV)
I am reading in Exodus. In the chapter where God calls Moses from the burning bush to lead Israel out of Egypt, Moses waffles. He gives all sorts of reasons to God about why he is the wrong guy for the job. He isn't a public speaker. In fact, he stutters. He's a nobody. Then later, after God gets angry and taps Aaron on the shoulder to be his spokesman, they go before Pharaoh — who gets cheesed off and makes life tough for everyone. Moses goes back to God complaining again that he's a nobody. Why, even the Israelites won't listen to him, so why would Pharaoh? Again, God gives him a pep talk and sends him back. As Moses persists and trusts in God, He intervenes and miraculously accomplishes the intended exodus.
Like leading Israel out of Egypt, publishing is a hard industry to crack. Many of us feel discouraged when manuscripts are rejected time and again. Recently, I've joined an online writer's group. The group consists of published and "wannabe" authors. Some of us are senior citizens whose eyes are not always cooperative when it comes to long hours spent writing at a keyboard. Others find their skill level needs to be improved.
The purpose of our group is to encourage one another. We tell each other to keep praying, writing, and seeking. We remind each other to ask, seek, and knock. Then the door will open, should that be God's will for us. Only God can show us the where, when, and how of the process. He will make all things plain, in His time. When we can't, God can. Meantime, as my pastoral counseling professor used to say, "Keep on keeping on." Then, like Moses, we will learn that persistence proves our God's amazing capabilities.
Prayer: Almighty God, Your Word proclaimed cannot return to You void. It cannot fail. Enable us to place our trust in Your capability, when our own ability fails. Enable us to persist in proclaiming your Word, for we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.