“But who am I?” Moses asked God. Ever been in that situation? Ever been called? Moses objected to God’s calling first (of four times) with uncertainty because Moses knew who Moses was. Why would the God of the universe want to use a man like Moses?
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelite’s out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain” (NRSV).
“But who am I?”
We doubt ourselves. We doubt god would or even could use someone like us. At this point however God does not list all of Moses’ qualifications or even his dis-qualifiers and a remedy of fixes. Instead He simply replied, “I will be with you”!
How often are we asking this question of ourselves? I’m unqualified, under-educated, not intelligent enough, not well spoken, not good at details, calendars, my past is…
BUT God said, “I will be with you.” It looked impossible to Moses.
You know, sometimes it’s the things that look impossible that turn out to be the most incredible. I remember when I first heard of a mission trip to Haiti my church was taking. We were pay-check-to-paycheck then, still kinda are, and the cost was like $1500 to go. Plus you had to board a plane, and then on top of that you had to board a plane again, and again, and once again. I also had 4 little children at that time and my husband’s work does not give paid time off. Finding the money for that trip meant writing letters, selling guitars and sewing machines and collecting pennies. The pennies seemed to line every street I walked down however and the people who responded to the letters were the most unlikely, some not even Christians. God used that first trip to not only show me the ocean I’d never seen, and the conditions of our world but He used it to teach me about Himself. It looked impossible to go but I had to trust Him. I flew out of Columbus, Ohio with a 103 degree fever but nothing was going to stop me from seeing what He was up to! Now I keep going to Haiti and one day hope to get to live there and be a part of what He’s doing there.
Why let you stand in the way of what God wants to do? Why let your dis-qualifiers be the thing that stops His work in your life? What if you just remember He is with you? And know that no matter how impossible (remember we are talking about the Pharaoh of Egypt, that Moses feared because he had murdered an Egyptian, and teams and teams of Israelite’s
hundreds of miles from their destination) God is with you! Just like He was with Moses, when you are called, He is with you!
“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (NRSV).
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