“Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’”
Ex 3:11 NIV
Many people have an inflated idea of their own importance and significance. It is a normal human failing. Yet it is often the people who “think they are someone” who achieve big things. Their strong self-confidence seems to carry the day. Nevertheless the serious consideration of the question “Who am I?” is one of the most important elements of self-knowledge and self-esteem.
Moses was in the presence of the living God at the burning bush. He had been brought up in the royal household and given a good education. But he had got involved in the crime of murder and was making out as best he could away in the desert far from the main centres of life and activity. And God met him and called him to the task of leading the people of Israel out of their four-hundred year long slavery. It meant standing up to the Egyptian king, and it meant taking charge of a tribe of slaves. Moses shrank from the task. Anybody with any sense would. It was a task that required great courage, leadership skills and determination. He would have to be a strong person and would need the ability to command others and jolly them up when they found the going tough. Who would be sufficient for such a calling?
At some time, if it has not already happened, God will lay on you some challenge that you will feel is beyond your capability. Acknowledge the responsibility he wants to give you and claim the strength he offers you. It is the beginning of true Christian service.
Do not ask for tasks equal to your strength. Ask for strength equal to your tasks.