Who Am I? Who Are You?

“The Lord said, ‘I have seen the affliction of my people… and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.’

“Then Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you,” and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am… Say this to the people of Israel: “I am has sent me to you… The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations…  [Say,] “I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land flowing with milk and honey…”‘” Exodus 3:7-15,17

Moses was afraid and humble enough to wonder why on earth God was calling him to lead Israel to deliverance. Though recognizing that God’s favor had brought about his rescue as a child and upbringing in Pharaoh’s household, he’d been caught for murder and on the run for decades disguised as an Egyptian in Midian. Why him? But he quickly followed that doubt with meandering what ifs that arrived at Who exactly are You? The Lord God would weave these questions and answers through time into a memorable tapestry of faith in His chosen man Moses. (Exodus 1:22-2:22; Hebrews 11:23-28)

The question Who am I? is always answered best within the framework of Who is He?. When tapped by God for a specific move, instead of focusing on ourselves, our inadequacies, debilitations, or even preferences to do otherwise, we should focus on the Lord. How will He reveal Himself here? What is He doing, and how might He be glorified? Looking to Him and proceeding in His power and presence enables us to freely serve His glory in ways only He has imagined.

What excuses and fears hinder us from moving forward with Jesus? Where is He calling for deeper trust, drastic changes, new directions? What are we doing to become better acquainted with Him and His ways, so we can walk on confidently in His call at home, work, and ministry?

Lord, help me daily to know You better and serve You more fully. Make Yourself known to and through me unto Your glory.

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