We tend to ask God, “why” quite often: why do bad things happen to good people? Why do I have to wait? Why am I still single? Why did I get a bad grade? Why me, God?
In these chapters of Exodus, we read about the beginning of Moses’s ministry – his first encounter with Pharaoh and his initial conversations with God about what he was called to do in Egypt. In these events, a common thread begins to unfold: “that they may believe” (Ex. 4:5). Over and over again, God reiterates that He is the Lord, and if needed, He will do everything in His power to make sure that His children know that. That’s the answer to our why’s: He is the Lord.
Moses was an ordinary man. He felt inadequate to lead or speak to the people; he was a wanted man in Egypt for killing another man; and he had a pretty good life hiding in the desert. But God needed him, and He wasn’t going to take no for an answer. God pursued him relentlessly – in a burning bush, miracles, and the kindest, most encouraging promises:
I AM WHO I AM…Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ -Exodus 3:14
Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, and the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say. -Exodus 4:11-12
And I will be with your mouth and with [Aaron’s] mouth, and I will teach you what to do. -Exodus 4:15b
I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them….Therefore say to the children of Israel: I am the Lord. -Exodus 6:2-3; 6a
God is calling you to do something in your life too. It might not be as grand as saving a nation from slavery or helping a people migrate to the promised land. But, in God’s eyes, your calling, no matter how small, is just as important. He needs YOU – not someone more talented, thinner, richer, more well spoken. Because the story He wrote requires your talents, skills, and experiences.
Don’t you worry about your weaknesses, a lack of resources, or any other obstacle in your way. Memorize these verses and cling to them as you walk on boldly in obedience. It won’t be easy, but the Lord will give you strength. After all, if I AM has sent you, nothing is impossible.
What do you feel tugging on your heart to do for the Lord today?