We Are All Like a Mosquito

“Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
Exodus 4:10

An African proverb says, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.”

When we focus on ourselves — our faults, weaknesses and limitations — we may conclude, logically enough, that we are insignificant. Then again, look at the people God has used to make a difference in the world. For example, when God told Moses that he would use him to liberate Israel, Moses replied, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” (Ex 4:10). But God reminded Moses that, as Creator, he was more than capable of helping him.

Even more to the point: Our limitations are not obstacles to God. On the contrary, God chooses to use foolish and weak things to accomplish his mission (see 1 Cor 1:25). He used David, who was the youngest in his family, to conquer the Philistines and become the great king of Israel. He used Peter, who was fickle and unfaithful, to become the lead apostle in the early church. God chooses people and circumstances so simple, weak and ordinary so that we know God alone is the one who changes our lives and the world.

What limitations do you need to hand over to God and see how He can use you?

A “Culture Connections” feature drawn from the NIV Understand the Faith Study Bible.

 

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  • Pamela says:

    I was Blessed by this write up,
    Thanks for sharing

    • Iretha says:

      “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.”
      I love this quote, I’m a divorced 45 women, sometimes I feel my simple life doesn’t matter, but this comment opened my eyes that the small things I do for Christ does matter. Thanks for this read. Good stuff.

  • Mimiux says:

    This is my story according to today’s verse. I’m 24 years old and married in my 21 years old back then. my husband now is 37 years old, and we have 2 kids in now. I’m young, and i have to mingle with people in their 40+ years old, they are my husband friends and the community in church that separating based on age (my husband age). I feel that i’m not in their level, i feel like i’m just a kid, eventhough some of them told me that i’m not like in my age, my wisdom and my experience in God, i’m from a poor family and not even ideal,now my community is middle to high class people, and i feel that i’m not worthy, even though my husband is financialy strong enough now. And today’s verse remind me that, my weak my shame will not stop God to work on me.

    • mrsangiesue says:

      Mimiux – you are describing me when i was married. i was 20 and he was older. he was from a well established, well off family and i came from the bad part of town. i felt lucky to have him and he loved (still loves) me to pieces but i always felt under par and not enough. it’s funny. i came to reply to this conversation to tell all the ways i feel insecure but you reminded me in your own post – we are all growing. we are ALL “under construction”. i learned back then the hard way that people will see in you what you show them. i showed them a shy, insecure and immature kid in a grownup body and they treated me accordingly. somewhere in my 30’s i realized that i actually wasn’t a kid anymore. nothing changed on the outside but suddenly i started holding my head up higher and realizing that i DID have some things to offer that made me unique (a different perspective IS a gift, ya know!) and suddenly people began to see what i never saw in myself before – value. i am writing this today as i approach menopause, still inwardly feeling like that scared kid in a grownup body – but now the body is no longer my friend either – but you, dear Mimiux, reminded me that there still IS a treasure within. i am just the box. God is the treasure that makes us capable. He put His treasure in me and in you, also. Thanks for reminding me, new friend. I hope you can hear the same message for yourself. <3

  • Stephen Burch says:

    Perfect timing. Today when i was crying out to God telling him that I all but give up. Yelling and crying, I asked him to speak to me. I said, “I am not sure I have ever heard you speak t me”
    I stand corrected, God speaks to us through more than just audible ways, sometimes it is lessons, sometimes words of another, or scripture that appears at the right time. Today, as i felt insignificant in the scheme of things he ends my day reminding me how much of a mosquito I am in the room.

  • David Rolt says:

    Really appreciated this blog/message. Really resonated with me. I have taken a lot of encouragement from it.

    Thanks, Dave

  • Ayodeji says:

    I can’t express how much help these passages provide. As a foreign national living in a country where people sometimes find it difficult to understand me, where I try hard and still fall short, and where people might end up being a bit condescending at times. In summary, To God be the glory.

  • Ken says:

    I pray asking God to heal me of my flaws unles He wants them there for a reason. My arrogant tendency (which could be actually a self defense mechanism to compensate for low self esteem), my critical nature and contempt for humankind usually males me feel like i cannot be used by God, and my judgemental nature.

    My heart is constantly desiring perfection and i am constantly failing and feeling unusable by God. I dont know the difference between a character flaw that should be addressed and a human flaw that God wants to keep with me like a thorn in my side as “His grace is sufficient.”

    Ken Kuchnicki

  • David D says:

    God has shown me in countless occasions how He has used ne in spite if my stuttering, stammering and fear of public speaking. He has allowed me as part if His plan and purpose to become a successful teacher, and adult workshop designer and facilitator. To anyone going through the same challenge – don’t look at your weaknesses but rather look at the One who said to Moses”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?
    12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exod 4:11-12). Believe that your God is faithful able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20-21). I did and I have never been disappointed – In fact, I have been able to accomplish the humanly impossible.

  • Doc says:

    Instructions said join the conversation, but I don’t see one.

  • Hugo says:

    We focus on those thinks that attract us more. As much as we concentrate on those things, as much as good or bad we’ll they will affect us. As much as we focus on our problems, as bigger they will look. So, it will be wiser if we focus in Jesus who can restaure and increase our confidence in his promises of support and care during our afliccion.

  • fruitofhisdeath says:

    My HUMAN-DIVINE DICTIONARY says that the least is the greatest! (Matt. 18: 4-5)

  • Nkechi says:

    I need to take control of my thoughts and move forward without fear of failing, this is my greatest limitation and I know that perfect love and meditation on the word will help me break free.

  • i would like to know more on this lesson l believe God want me to know same thing l like this web. because very time l open it same new in my life came up. i also like to request to pray for my enemies at working place. i am charged because l help same one.

  • I don’t know where this came from, but I hope you have a daily devotional. Like a mosquito devotional was right on time.

  • Mogi says:

    I love the African proverb you shared 🙂 The lesson is so relevant to our lives and culture today – I appreciate that!

  • Annmarie says:

    I’m going through some hard times right now. In fact it seems my trials are consecutive. Yet God has demonstrated as He has prom

  • Alice says:

    I am 61, I live alone, disabled and don’t get out much. I ponder on my failing health all of the time. Sometimes it overflows into my conversations with my friends and family. When I’m sitting thinking about my day, I wish I could stop spilling my guts, about my health issues. I always think, boy, that is all I talk about. I have no means to have a hobby, although I would love one. I pray each night, please help me to learn to hold my tongue. Any suggestions out there? I could use some ideas. Thanks.

    • Alice don’t stop praying, but pray for the healing of others and watch how your healing will manifest itself. And I believe that you can do hobbies like crocheting, knitting, sewing, reading, writing, card games. I have learned to make the best of my situation and stay in constant prayer to the LORD, as I give his word back to him. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of his peace was upon us, and with his stripes we are healed. GOD BLESS YOU ALICE.

      • Glendale Bailey says:

        Valerie Evans,
        This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. I love the African proverb about the mosquito. We often find ourselves focusing on our disabilities or inabilities in our neck of the woods. Remember we are all fearfully and wonderfully made and with many gifts and talents built-in.
        We can feel boxed in at times ,so much so that it’s almost impossible to see the many possibilities outside the box. Every hair. On your head is numbered and God will perfect everything concerning you.

        You mentioned that you would like to do something or make something while you sit and/or talk of your health issues. Firstly,our God is a healing God. Give your health issues to Him. Have faith in Him. His word was sent to heal us and nothing is impossible with Him. Try some of these: read stories to children,make bean bags and donate to senior homes and hospitals,knit or crochet (if you can),send out voice messages of encouragement to your friends and family,etc.
        You are that golden thread in God’s woven tapestry. Be the mosquito. You have a purpose for being here.
        God bless you,
        Glenelle

  • Ouma Richard says:

    I have been encouraged by this write up.Many times i feel so insginificant.But I am glad to learn that God can even use some one like me.
    Thanks

  • Marion Adeshina says:

    I want to thank God for this site am encourage to be focus on God and to drop my fear because he is able to use me the way I am thank you Jesus

  • Lauren says:

    I need to hand over to God my limitation of not being able to make up my mind about choosing a college major. I pray that he will show me the major that is is right for me and that he will use me to impact others lives with that major.

  • Glenelle Bailey says:

    Just want to encourage you Valerie Evans. I am praying for you that your health issues be given over to the Lord God our healer.
    Be that mosquito in the room. God wants to use the gifts and talents He has placed within you.
    Make bean bags,tell or read stories to children,knit or draw,send out encouraging messages or scriptures to friends and family etc. there is blessing in whatever we do in the name of the Lord. You are that golden thread in God’s woven tapestry.
    Be encouraged.Our God is an awesome God. He will perfect all concerning you.

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