“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Moses, a Hebrew, raised in Pharaoh’s household as a prince, failed in his attempt to help a fellow Hebrew and had to flee Egypt. He ended up in Midian shepherding sheep for forty years. One day God spoke with Moses through a burning bush calling him to return to Egypt to deliver his people out of slavery.
Moses did a quick self-evaluation. Let’s see, I’m eighty years old, I’ve spent half my life talking with sheep, and I smell like I accidentally stepped in something. Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?
“Excuse me Lord, but can you send someone else?”
When the prophet Nathan approached King David and revealed God’s plans for him, David responded, “Who am I, LORD, God…that you have brought me this far?”
On my journey to becoming a pastor, I felt the same as Moses and David. I have never done anything of great value. I don’t know anyone of importance. I am not a great speaker. Who am I Lord, that you ask me to speak to people on your behalf?
God equips those he calls. We may not think we have what it takes to answer God’s call, and maybe we’re not very confident in our own abilities. We are probably right, and that is a good thing.
We can rejoice! God has what it takes. He knows our short comings. He has reasons for calling the weak, the uneducated, the so-called foolish, and the lowly to bring about his purposes. When we succeed, he gets the glory.
May we learn to lean on God’s grace and his strength to fulfill his
calling on the life he gave us. Amen!