Who me?

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When Moses learned that God was going to send him to King Pharaoh in Egypt, Moses had some real reservations, to say the least (See Exodus 3: 11-12). He made excuses and tried to wiggle out of what God wanted him to do.

Has God ever asked you to do something that made you want to wiggle? Maybe He’s asked you to befriend an ex-offender recently released from prison or to lovingly confront someone about a sin. What was your response? Did you say yes? Or did you brush off God’s call?

Many of us are like Moses. When we sense God calling us to do something for Him, we respond with a long list of excuses. When God spoke to Moses at the burning bush in the wilderness and asked him to lead the Israelites out of slavery, Moses did not eagerly answer “Yes, Lord.” Instead, he argued with God: “But, Lord, who am I?” “But, Lord, they won’t believe me.” “But, Lord, I am not a very good speaker.”

How did God respond to these “buts”? He said to Moses, “I will be with you.” That is enough.

Are we at burning bushes in our lives? Is God calling us to do something for Him? It’s natural for us to be aware of our inadequacies and our lack of experience. Like Moses, we may ask, “Who am I?” God will be patient to hear our reservations. But in the end, He will ask us to trust Him. When Moses reminded God that he was not a very good speaker, God asked him, “Who made your mouth?”

When God gives us a task, He promises two things: “I will be with you. I will give you what you need to do the task.”

In the face of those two strong promises, our only response should be, “Yes, Lord. I will do what You want me to do. I trust you to be with me.”

Are we ready to say these words to God?

 

Jim Vogelzang