Who am I?

teach_me_your_waysMoses legacy is as a ruler of nations and a friend of God, but just as we can learn from his triumphs, so too can we learn from his difficulties.

It says in the bible that, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens (Exodus 2:11 KJV). He witnessed the oppression of his people and something was ignited in him that God developed in order that he would one day lead them out of slavery into the Promised Land.

After acting against the injustice he saw by killing an Egyptian who was beating a fellow Hebrew, he was forced to flee to a foreign land where he lived for 40 years tending sheep. At the end of this time God came to Moses and told him that he had been chosen to lead His people out of Egypt. The original calling that God had stirred in Moses heart was, 40 years later, being reiterated. Moses response was: Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh? (Exodus 3:11).

As Moses came of age he knew the calling that God had placed on his life; he knew that he was the one to fight for his people and lead them out of the slavery they were subjected to, but he needed to be trained and disciplined by God first. Forty years in exile meant that he could learn true intimacy with God so that God could use him effectively to establish His purposes.

We may have, at one time, had a clear vision of what God has called us to do or be, but a period of silence or inactivity has followed where we started to wonder if we got it right in the first place. Just as the discouragement threatens to overwhelm us, God speaks again, reminding us of our original calling and says, Now is the time. How do we react? We stutter and stammer and say, Who me? We list all the reasons why we are unsuitable for the job, but God interrupts with the key phrase:

I AM WHO I AM . . . has sent me to you (Exodus 3:14)

It is not about us. Who we are, the skills we have and how confident we feel in our abilities are all quite irrelevant when we look to Him who has called us. Oswald Chambers said: Our individual effort for God shows nothing but disrespect for Him our individuality is to be rendered radiant through a personal relationship with God. If you are experiencing a period of discouragement then perhaps a time of growth lies ahead. In the meantime, invest in your personal relationship with Jesus so that when he calls, you are ready.

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