Exodus 3:11 – But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" (NIV)
On my yearly read through the Scriptures, Exodus has engrossed me. In the third chapter, where God called Moses from the burning bush, Moses waffled. He gave the Lord all sorts of reasons why he was the wrong guy to demand that Pharaoh release the Israelite slaves. He said he wasn't a public speaker. In fact, he stuttered. He felt like a nobody. God became angry and tapped Aaron on the shoulder to be Moses' spokesman. The two of them went before Pharaoh, who got cheesed off and made life tougher for everyone. Moses went back to God complaining again that he was a nobody. He said that even the Israelite leaders wouldn't listen to him, so why would Pharaoh? Again, God gave him a pep talk and sent him back.
Writers often get discouraged when faced with critiques or outright rejection. We may think, "Why should I write? It's likely been said already. Who am I to try to write this devotional? What unique qualifications do I have?"
The first lesson that we can draw from Moses' experience is simply that God can enable us when we feel like we can't do it. Secondly, persistence paid off for Moses, and it could pay off for us, too. Writing skills can be learned. For quite some time now, most computer word processing programs have contained spelling checkers, grammar checkers, and thesaurus functions. Thirdly, for years, online websites have existed to teach us everything we need to know.
Another encouragement exists in the following tidbit. One New York Times best-selling author said that he writes for the sixth grade vocabulary level because that is where most readers are. To me, this means that nearly anyone ought to be able to write a prayer or a devotional that the average person can read.
Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)
That's the drill. "Ask, seek, knock." If we keep praying, writing, seeking, and asking, we aspiring writers will improve. Then, in God's time, the door will open, should that be His will for us. Only God will make plain the where, when, and how. Meantime, as my pastoral counselling professor used to say, "Keep on keeping on." Persist. May our devotional writing be blessed as we rely upon Christ Jesus.
Prayer: Father God, we pray that You would grant us the grace to write Your words so that others would be blessed as we have been blessed. We ask that You would help us to rely upon Christ Jesus to persist in this. In His name, we pray. Amen.