Adam Bishop: Stop Telling God What You Can't Do

Are you quick to tell God what you can’t do? Well, you are in good company then! This is exactly what Moses did when he found out his assignment from God.

Exodus 4:10 says, “But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker. I never have been, and I’m not now, even after you have spoken to me. I’m clumsy with words.”

God told Moses that he was to go to Pharaoh, the most powerful man in the world, and tell him what to do. This would have been a daunting assignment for anyone- to boss around the boss. But for Moses, it was especially frightening, and probably a little embarrassing. You see Moses was not a good public speaker. He was the guy who always needed note cards to deliver a speech. He was, in his own words, “clumsy with words.”

I love God’s response to Moses in verse eleven - “Who makes mouths?” the LORD asked him. “Who makes people so they can speak or not speak, hear or not hear, see or not see? Is it not I, the LORD?”

God pretty much clears that one up! And I love that God’s solution is not to fix Moses’ clumsiness with words. The solution is to remind Moses about the power that God has. All God needs from Moses is for him to show up! And then God can take it from there.

Did you know the same is true in your life? So where do you need to just show up and let God take it from there? What is God asking you to do that you keep telling Him you can’t?

God never lets our weaknesses get in the way of our usefulness.

In fact, it is in and through our weaknesses that He receives the most glory. God had to remind Paul of this in 2 Corinthians 12:9 when He said, “My power works best in your weakness.” Today, rather than focusing on what you can’t do, ask God how His power could work best through some of your weaknesses.


Adam is a coach for couragetolead.com. He serves as Senior Pastor of Bear Valley Church, in Lakewood, CO. He has served on staff at churches with Nelson Searcy, Shawn Lovejoy, and others. Adam believes that most tensions in the church are not a people issue, but a process and systems issue. He loves helping leaders and teams resolve those tensions. Adam is also an adjunct professor at Liberty University.