What do you think of when I say the name Moses? My guess is that your mind goes to some of the amazing things that happened throughout his life. He was hidden by his mother to save him from execution, survived a trip down the crocodile-infested Nile in a basket, was raised as a Prince in an Egyptian palace, and aided in rescuing the people of Israel from cruel slavery! Truthfully the list goes on: Plagues, Passover, parting of the Red Sea, hung out on a mountain with God, Ten Commandments……
This is a pretty impressive list. It is easy to look at someone like Moses (or any of the great heroes of the Bible) and think of them as superhuman, but the truth is they were just that, human. No different from you or me. They had doubts, fears, flaws, and issues. Let’s dial Moses’ story back to the famous burning bush encounter in Exodus 3.
God begins to reveal to Moses the amazing call on his life, the plans that He has for him, the reason he was spared as a baby. As the details of this epic adventure are spelled out to our hero his response is literally, “Who am I?” “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Does this dialogue feel as familiar to you as it does to me? As Christians we spend so much of our life trying to figure out our destiny; God’s call on our lives. We crave a heroic story like we read about in Exodus! But then when God begins to speak to your heart the plans that He has for you, the story He needs you to help tell, do you respond like Moses? When push comes to shove, obedience can be really scary and it is easy to feel unqualified. “Who am I?” can haunt us on a daily basis. God’s answer to that question is the same now as it was to Moses. “It does not matter who you are because I AM.”
I believe that the Lord searches for people who have willing hearts, people who may have flaws and insecurities but are willing to obey when it does not make sense, and people who are willing to do it afraid. There will be trials and times when there seems to be no way around the army of circumstances that surround you, but it is in these moments that we stand in awe as the sea parts in front of us and we continue to move forward.
God’s name is not “I Was” or “I Will Be” it is “I AM”. That means that He is right now, present tense, in this moment just as He was for Moses and just as He will be for those who come after us. Take comfort in that fact and let it wash over you for a moment. You are not alone. Where He calls He equips, and where we are weak He is strong, He was, He is, and He will always be.