Moses had to learn this just like we do!
When God called him from the burning bush Moses was filled with doubts and memories of past failures; he told God in Exodus 3:11 “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Can you think of a time when God asked you to do something way beyond what you thought you were capable of? I can. When we are looking at our abilities and our past, we can quickly join in with Moses in saying “who am I that I should go?”
I can start to worry and feel like all of the responsibility is on me to be able to figure out how to solve the problems that come up in life.
It is encouraging to me to see that Moses also had his hills and valleys. He needed to learn, just like we do, how to walk by faith. He was learning to trust God more and more and trust himself less and less. God gave Moses this amazing promise “And God said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.”” Exodus 33:14-15. Moses hung on to that promise!
In a similar way, Jesus gave this amazing promise that we can hang on to “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Our walk of faith is not a straight line; we fail and we learn to trust God and we grow. Paul said in Romans 8:29 that we are being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ; just as God shaped Moses through their relationship, we are being shaped through our relationship with Jesus to become more like Him.
A friend encouraged me today with this verse in Romans 14:4
“Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.”
I have always read this verse in regards to my opinion of other believers, but until today, I never thought of applying this command to my opinion of myself. I should not judge myself! I wanted to see if this thought was even Biblical 😊 Paul shares a similar thought to this in 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.”
The encouragement in Romans 14:4 is that God’s opinion is more important than our own opinion, He is the One who enables us to stand, the One in whom we find rest, He is present with those He sends.
Next time when the question of “who am I?” comes, we need to remember to stop looking to ourselves for answers and look to the One True God, who told Moses…
I AM who I AM Exodus 3:14
I AM who is with you! Exodus 3:12
I AM the one who sent you. Exodus 3:14
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-25