October 14 (Exodus 3:11-12)
protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the
people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be
with you.” (NLT)
We all need encouragement when we think a task is too much for us, and chances are, you’ve offered encouragement to someone else in that situation. The problem is, we usually do it all wrong. We begin by telling people not to feel that way, we continue by assuring them they can do whatever it is, and for proof we trot out a list of their abilities and accomplishments.
Now, take a look at how God does it. Moses doubts himself at the deepest level. “Who am I?” he asks God. In the human scheme of things, he is a nobody and he knows it. Yet God does not say, “Come on, buddy! You’re not a nobody, you’re a somebody! Would I have picked a guy who couldn’t do this? Think of how you stepped up when the Egyptian was beating one of my people (). You can do this!” Instead, God simply says, “I will be with you.”
God will not lie. He will not pretend you are what you are not just to make you feel good, and sometimes He calls us to something that we, in our own strength, cannot do. And you know what? It doesn’t matter whether we can do it. God can. If He calls us, He is with us, and He will accomplish the task.
Father, I might as well be Moses for all the ways I have excused myself from doing what You have called me to do. God, please help me to focus on You and not on my own weaknesses. Help me not to over analyze and think things to death, but simply do what You call me to do. In the name of Jesus, the very model of perfect obedience, amen.
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