Abraham was just a city guy living life with a barren wife and no hope of a family.
Moses was just an Israelite baby marked for extermination.
Gideon was just a fearful farmer hiding from enemies.
Ruth was just a poor widow.
David was just a shepherd boy, the youngest of eight brothers.
Esther was just an orphan living in exile.
Peter and Andrew, James and John were just fishermen earning their daily living.
Dorcas was just an ordinary seamstress.
But look how God chose and used them to do amazing things!
I am just…(fill in the blank for yourself).
But God has his hand on me. What will He do with me?
Today I listened in on an argument between God and Moses. It went something like this (see Exodus 3-4). God’s parts are in all caps. Note the first person pronouns used by both speakers.
I HAVE SEEN THE MISERY OF MY PEOPLE…SO I HAVE COME DOWN TO RESCUE THEM. NOW GO! I’M SENDING YOU TO PHARAOH.
But who am I to go to Pharaoh?
I WILL BE WITH YOU.
But who shall I tell the Israelites is sending me?
I AM WHO I AM
But what if they don’t believe me?
I AM GIVING YOU MIRACLES TO CONVINCE THEM.
But I can’t speak well.
I MADE YOUR MOUTH AND WILL HELP YOU SPEAK.
Please send someone else!
(Angrily) I’LL SEND YOUR BROTHER WITH YOU AND WILL HELP YOU BOTH.
Two thoughts come to mind:
1. When God has a job to do, he equips and sends a person to do it. Where else in the Bible does this happen?
2. What does He have for me to do today? If it’s an “impossible” job, how am I responding?
3. Am I focusing on my inadequacies (note Moses’ personal pronouns) or on God’s power (notice the God’s personal pronouns)?