“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.” Exodus 3:11-12a (NIV)
Moses goes over to check out this burning bush, and God starts talking to him! God tells Moses that he is sending him to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses asks the question “who am I?” But God doesn‘t really explain why Moses is the right man for the job. God didn’t choose to build him up, but He simply said that He would be with him.
Moses was chosen at birth for this. God’s hand was on him, saving him from death as a newborn, keeping him safe as he floated down the Nile, arranging it so that his mother could still nurse him. God was certainly with Moses his whole life. But Moses took things into his own hands by killing the Egyptian that was beating the Hebrew. He knew it was wrong – that’s why he waited to make sure no one was looking. But Pharaoh found out about it and Moses had to flee to the wilderness. He was there for 40 years. It probably took that long for him to come to the end of himself and be a suitable instrument for God. But he also probably picked up some important skills that would help him for the next 40 years he’d spend in the desert. God never wastes an opportunity like that.
“I will be with you.”
That’s all I need to know.
It’s not about who I am, but who God is, and knowing that He will be with me.
Fast forward to Luke. Jesus gives me some pretty tall orders
- Love your enemies
- Do good to those who hate you
- Bless those who curse you
- Pray for those who mistreat you
- If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also
- If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic
- Give to everyone who asks you
- If anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back
- Do not judge or condemn
- Be merciful
These are counter-intuitive – and hard! You might as well tell me that I’m going to rescue the Israelites from Pharaoh. So I ask: Who am I to do this, Lord? The answer: “I will be with you”
Lord, thank you for promising to be with me always and forever. I am so relieved that you will never leave me or forsake me. You promised to be with me to the end of the age.