Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Asking the Right Question

"And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" (Exodus 3:11)

In this chapter, Moses, having fled Egypt into the desert, is confronted by God in the spectacle of a burning bush. Here, you will remember, God commissions him to deliver his brethren from the bondage of Pharaoh. But Moses, overcome with feelings of his own inadequacy, in frustration, asks, "Who am I?"

It has always been interesting to me that nowhere in the rest of the chapter will you find where God ever answered this question. Instead, He chose to tell Moses only who He, God, was. This tells me that when it comes to doing something for God, it's not really important who I am, but only who He is.

At one point in her life, Gladys Aylward (1909-1970), English missionary to China, led more than a hundred children on a month's journey over steep mountains, in order to flee the Communists. She later told of one morning of dark despair during those days, when she felt that the task was too great for her. It was then she said that one of the children reminded her of their much-loved Bible story of Moses and the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea. "But I am not Moses!" Gladys cried in desperation. "Of course you are not," replied the girl sweetly, "But Jehovah is still God!

If you’re looking for the right answer, it’s always important to ask the right question. When it comes to the Christian life, our ability to prevail in any situation is not contingent on our credentials…but His.

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