When we read of the great exploits of the man called Moses, we may be tempted to think he was always like that- audacious, powerful and supernatural. But the truth is, he was not always like that. Moses had become a fugitive in the land of Midian where he was employed by his father in law to watch over a flock of sheep. It was an evening encounter with God that transformed his life’s journey, redirecting the course of his life. He was called by God to fulfill his destiny and liberate God’s people from slavery.
God was sending Moses on an errand that required joules of courageous energy and his first concern was embedded in the question he asked God thus:
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?
And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
(Exodus 3:11-12 KJV)
It is amazing to find that God does not respond to Moses’ question not because it was not important but because it was not the right question. It appears God was saying “Mo, who you are is not the issue here. It is who I am…”
As we do purpose, we may be overwhelmed by the challenges that seem to confront us and we may be tempted to ask, like Moses, who we are to carry out God’s assignment for our lives. At such times, we can find courage in the fact that the identity and power of the person who is sending us and who promises to be with us is far more important than who we are and who we may ever think we can be!
This morning, I read about an old Native American story that tells of a young boy who was sent into the woods alone on an autumn night to prove his courage. Soon the sky darkened and the sounds of night filled the air. Trees creaked and groaned, an owl screeched, and a coyote howled. Even though he was frightened, the boy remained in the woods all night, as the test of courage required. Finally morning came, and he saw a solitary figure nearby. It was his grandfather, who had been watching over him all night.
Like Moses and the young boy in the story, our lives may be filled with many questions, struggles and the unknown realities of our life’s journey. Let’s be encouraged that if God be with us we can sleep soundly under the dark skies knowing that our confidence is not in who we are but in who is with us!