Who Am I?…Doesn’t Matter

As we start the book of Exodus we fast forward many years after the death of Joseph and we find the Israelites becoming slaves in the land of Egypt. God decides to deliver His people from Egypt and calls a man named Moses to lead the task. God appears to Moses in a burning bush and after telling Moses the plan, there is a conversation between Moses and God recorded for us in Exodus, chapter 4: 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  12 So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

Moses asks the question that I think most of us would ask. Moses’ mind goes to his own ability and how he could overcome the obstacles of leading millions of people out of a land where they are slaves. What I find so interesting is God’s answer. God doesn’t prop Moses up or tell Moses what a great leader he is or anything like that. In fact, God sort of ignores Moses’ question and simply tells Moses that “I will be with you”. The success of this mission had nothing to do with Moses and everything to do with God. God was going to do something and He invited Moses to participate. The same scenario is repeated in our lives every day…without the burning bush…that is unless you are clearing brush…and even then, I doubt you’ll hear God’s voice…maybe your spouse’s voice telling you to be careful but not God’s voice…but I digress…

Who you and I are doesn’t really matter. God is the one doing the work. His character and ability are essential. He simply invites us along for the ride. Our obedience to God is for our benefit and to allow us to experience the blessing of the adventure of working with God. God is the star of our show…we are a supporting cast.  When we ask God, “Who am I?” He answers with “Doesn’t matter.  What matters is Who “I Am””.

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