But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:11-12 (NIV)
Who Am I?
Haven’t I asked you that question many times before? Yes, you have asked me that question many times. Why have you asked me that question? What did you have on your mind when you asked me that question? I have asked you that question when I have felt incapable and unqualified and unprepared to go and do what you have asked of me. I have asked you that question when I have felt insignificant and powerless to accomplish your purposes. I have asked you that question when I have felt that you have asked too much of me. I have asked you that question when I have been timid and filled with worry and doubt and anxiety. So, this question is not a prelude to your expressing all your great faith and trust in me. Not at all. You have expressed this question when you have thought that you would be left all alone to go and do what I asked of you. In response to the assignment I wanted to give you, you took a personal inventory of yourself and said, “no way, it’s not going to happen. Send someone else, I’m not up to the job. I can’t do what you are asking of me.” That’s right. I’m not proud of my response to you. But what you have said is the absolute truth.
How have I responded to you when you have tried to turn down an assignment from me? Generally, you have not accepted my turning down your assignments. How do you feel about that? Would you have preferred that I moved on to someone else? Would you like it better if I never asked you to do something for me? No, not at all. I want to go and do what you ask of me. I want to be used by you. That’s good. What have I also done for you when you have tried to turn down my assignments? You have assured me that you will be with me to help me. You have always empowered me to go and do what you have asked of me. Yes, I have done both of these things for you so you could take on and complete my assignments.
I would like to clear a few things up for you. Like what? You are not small and insignificant. You are not incapable, unqualified or unprepared. Since I will always be with you to help you there is no need for you to be filled with worry, doubt and anxiety. You also may be sure that I have been and will be preparing you for all the assignments I will give to you. You can also be certain that I have given you gifts and talents and abilities to serve me. Oh, and one more thing. What’s that? You can be positive that my assignments will always be challenging. My assignments will cause you to place all your faith in me. You will need to rely on me as you go and do what I ask of you. Is that a bad thing? No, that is very good thing. I want to grow in my faith. I want to rely on you. I want place all my faith and trust in you. That is very good. Now, go and do what I ask of you. Yes, Heavenly Father, I will.
Heavenly Father, I am happy to take on any assignment you give to me. I will go and do what you ask of me. I know you will be with me to help me. I have faith to believe you will work in and through me to accomplish your purposes for your kingdom and glory. Amen
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