“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:10-11
Have you ever felt God leading you into a new arena or challenge?
Perhaps, the Lord told you to take a new job, buy a home, or start a ministry. If we are honest, there are times we are more than willing to do what the Lord says. There are other times when we feel like God has to basically drag us into our next assignment. We allow fear, past regrets, and the ideas of others to convince us that we are not qualified or ready to go to the next level of our lies.
Much like Moses, we find every excuse to talk God out of the plan or convince ourselves that the still small voice “just can’t be God.” It must just be another “distraction” or “trick of the enemy.” As Christians, we can come up with all kinds of ideas and plots to get out of anything too daunting. Right?
This is exactly where Moses found himself. His insecurities of being a stutterer, the reality of the risk of standing up to Pharaoh, the fact that he had run away from his past life and would suddenly have to face it again, were all a part of his desire to not accept God's plan. Truthfully, any of these reasons would make me cringe at the mere idea. As you read into Exodus 3, you see that Moses comes up with every possible way to get out of this task of helping the Israelites.
But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Genesis 4:13
I must admit, I have been there. Hey GOD! PLEASE USE SOMEONE ELSE FOR THIS ONE! I am pretty comfortable right where I am at the moment! Moses was convinced he was not the man for the job. However, God says something so interesting to Him throughout this dialogue that I believe is the key to us moving forward in what God has called us to do.
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ Genesis 3:14
Tell them “I AM” sent you.
Had Moses paused for a moment, he would have realized that God had shut down the entire argument. God announcing Himself as the I AM meant that EVERY aspect of who He is would be sending Moses to the Pharaoh. If you can stop for a moment and think of just 10 qualities of God, you would understand the depth of this phrase.
He is JOY, LOVE, PEACE, PROTECTION, OMNISCIENCE, JUST, COMFORT, MIGHTY, VICTORIOUS...
Thus Moses would be going into Egypt with the FULLNESS of God’s JOY, LOVE, PEACE, PROTECTION, OMNISCIENCE, JUSTICE, COMFORT, MIGHT and VICTORY with Him! Literally, all those qualities of God, the Great I Am, would be going with Moses. Surely, it gets no better than this!
If God is leading you to complete something in His name, you must recognize that His very characteristics are going with you. This means you can count on God’s protection, strength, wisdom, love, victory and more to be with you every step of the way.
Friends, I encourage you to know who is sending you into your next task. If God is asking you to take an adventure with Him into a new arena, know that He would NEVER leave you stranded. He is sending you with a suitcase of His goodness and He shall provide all the necessary tools to guide you along the way. We must make a choice to trust God. Even when we think it is scary or we aren’t qualified. Insert this idea into your thought life, "If the I AM is with me, then I CAN do it!"
Remember, Moses making a choice to be obedient was not just for his good. His choice was for the over 600,000 that would be set free from Egypt. Know that your saying “yes” to God will inevitably free another person from bondage. This is true victory!
I encourage you to examine the areas of your life where you have struggled with doing what God has called you to do. Jot down a list of His qualities and know that every single one of them will be with you. May this recognition of God’s goodness give you the faith and courage to make a bold choice this week!