Who, Me?

Lou Lotz

READ : Exodus 3:7-12

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” (v. 11)

The pastor stood before his congregation and announced: “Good news! We’ve found the money to support our new missionary!” There were smiles all around, and a smattering of applause. “It’s in your wallets!” the pastor added. No smiles. No applause. We’re happy to learn that God intends to do something redemptive in this world. But it can be disconcerting to learn that God intends to do it through you and me.

To his delight, Moses learns that God intends to free the children of Israel. But then came this jolting announcement: “I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” As God’s finger came down squarely on him, Moses squirmed. Moses felt unqualified. Moses was unqualified.

When God calls us to do his work in the world, we naturally tend to assume that we have to accomplish the assignment on our own power. And so we think: “I’m not qualified to do this!” Of course you’re not qualified. But when God speaks he reveals what he is going to do, not what you are going to do. In faith we can answer when God calls, knowing that he is going to bring to pass what he purposes, and knowing, as Moses ultimately knew, the Lord’s promise: “I am with you.”

PRAYER

Use me, O God.