Exodus 4:11-12

11 Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”

Glossophobia or fear of public speaking is ranked #1 on some lists of the worlds biggest fears. Even ahead of death! Some people would rather die than speak in public. Literally! This is a pretty mind blowing subject and is something that should be talked about.

Earlier in the text Moses is pleading with the LORD it says, “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.” Sounds a lot like a conversation I have had with God before. I used to hate public speaking. I used to get terrible anxiety. I would hide when people called on me to speak.

Now I kind of love it. I love it because I know most of the time I am not even the one speaking, but rather the Holy Spirit is speaking through me. I love hearing what He has to say. It is kind of weird to think about, but when we give our life to Jesus we allow the Holy Spirit to live inside of us and guide us in our thoughts, actions, and words.

I want to encourage you with this. If you fear public speaking or speaking at all, just go for it. It is often helpful to dive right into your fears and take them head on. The more you practice and the more you do it, the easier it will get. The fear may not ever go away, but neither will the Spirit inside of you. I promise He will give you strength and as the text says, “… will help you speak well, and … will tell you what to say.

Do I have a fear of public speaking?

Do I trust the Spirit to guide me with my words?

Dear Lord, thank you for sending Your son Jesus for us so that we could live with the Spirit inside of us. We are so grateful. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman


  1. I was a middle school speech teacher, and for some of my students, if at the end of the semester they had lost their fear of speaking, I considered my job done.
    Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) said that his real-life policeman brother one told him that he would rather face an armed drug dealer than speak in public. In response to the comment that speaking and death are the two worst fears people have, Ray quipped that the quintessential nightmare would be to have to speak at your own execution.

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  2. I wrote a post some time ago entitled Glossophobia. I was an almost comically shaky speaker, until I started telling jokes before my presentation really started. After that, I knew that I had my means of controlling my fear. I then spent the next 35 years teaching technical subjects at work and Sunday school on my off days. God works wonders. I did not have it within me, but God in me could conquer my fears.

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  3. It is awesome how the Lord takes our weaknesses and shows his strength. My husband, who is a pastor, was scared to death to speak publicly but after 44 years of preaching, you can’t tell it now. Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. I do hope it encourages you in your walk with the Lord.


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