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
Reading in Exodus 3, we have the account of Moses encountering God in the burning bush. God told Moses how he would bring about deliverance. He would use Moses, not in his own strength, but by divine enablement. Immediately Moses objected to God’s command because of his lack of ability. Moses felt the Israelites would challenge his assertion that God had sent him to deliver them. Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me,‘ What is his name?’ “Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. I AM has sent me to you. This is what you are to say to the Israelites.” (Verses 13-14 NIV).
This reminds me of times when I was younger and my mother would tell me to do something and I would ask “Why?” Her classic answer was always “Because I said so.” Just as my mother affirmed to me that she loved me and knew what was best for me, God was reminding Moses and the Israelites of the same. He is still in control and can handle any situation we may encounter, if we only let him.
Prayer: Father, help us to daily give our lives over to you to make us what you want us to be and do what you want us to do.
Nancy Owen, retired BBA Communications Secretary