After hearing God’s call to go to Pharaoh with orders to let the Israelites go, Moses asked, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He was saying, “You’re 40 years too late. You’ve got the wrong guy for the job.” Instead of failure being an event, it became his identity. He was the failure.
Notice God’s answer. In Exodus 3:12 God said, “I will be with you…” When God is with you, you’re never the failure. We may fall short, but with him, we are more than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8:37). Let’s take note. If you’re feeling called beyond your capacity remember God is with you. God never gives us an assignment we can perform in our strength. If we can do it without him, it’s too small. God always asks us to do something beyond our ability so we’ll throw all our confidence on him.
The other day our dryer stopped working. In a house, with five kids this was a significant emergency. After doing some youtube research, all the signs pointed to a blown breaker. After a quick run to Lowe’s, it was time to turn off the power to the house, remove the breaker panel, and unscrew some wires. That’s when I paused. I pictured my eyeballs blowing up like Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the house exploding in a giant mushroom cloud. So, I phoned an electrician friend. He marched in like Rambo, with a tool belt, the all-important voltmeter, and stood with me. If the Lord is with you, who can be against you?
Moses spent a lot of time alone, shepherding in the wilderness. But God said, “From here on, know you’re not alone. We’re doing this together. I will be with you.” Later, Moses successor Joshua had a similar struggle. Notice the Lord’s words in Joshua 1:5-6a, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous…” Isaiah 43:1-2 says, “…Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…”
Still, Moses had more questions and fears. So, continued to press God for more assurance. In Exodus 3:13 Moses said, “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?’”