August 28

Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:11-12

My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Many times in life we have a job that we are supposed to do. Sometimes, that is fine, it is what we know how to do, have done it before and can confidently go ahead and get it done. Then there are the tasks we are assigned to do but we are not at all sure we can go ahead and accomplish them. Maybe we have to talk before a group and persuade them into taking some action, or agreeing with a course of action. Then we might feel all kinds of anxiety and wonder: Can I do this? What if I fail? Why in the world am I being asked to do this? After all, there are lots of people who can do this better than I can. 

We see Moses in Exodus in a similar dilemma. Here he is, just one ordinary person, and God tells him he is to go talk to Pharaoh and get the Israelites out of Egypt. Now that sounds scary. First of all, it is a bit scary because God is actually talking to him – can you imagine? Hard enough when your boss tells you do something, but here it is God with a task for Moses. Not to mention the voice is coming from a burning bush that does not burn up.  It says in Exodus 2:7 that the Lord says He has seen the misery of the people, and Moses is to go do something about it. So He actually comes to Moses and tells him what he must do.

Moses, understandably, says: “Why me?” and God has an answer! It is not just you doing this, but God who will be doing it with you. So, off to talk to Pharaoh and say “Let my people go.” God has promised to be with Moses in this task, just as the promise continues for us today. God is with us as we go about our daily lives and as we witness to His power in our lives. . Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that God’s grace is sufficient for us. We need nothing more to do the job He has assigned us. God can use our weakness to show His strength and gives us the strength to do His will. Of course, we don’t usually get to talk to a burning bush that is not burning up. In fact, we might look suspiciously at people who say they have directly talked with God. But we do get directions from Him if we pay attention, listen to His “still small voice” or gentle whisper, read scripture and meditate and pray. Scary as some things are that we are to do for God, we are secure in His sufficient grace and promise to always be with us.

Gracious God, even on days when we feel alone and afraid we can rejoice knowing you are there. With you we can be weak and fragile. You have called us to go and serve the people at every longitude and latitude crossing this earth. We thank you that you have set a fire in our hearts and inspired us in word and example! Remind us daily of the vision you have for up and help us as we go through our days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Chris Gabel