YES, GOD HAS THE RIGHT PERSON!

YES, GOD HAS THE RIGHT PERSON!

“The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  (Exodus 3:9-11)

Every time that I re-read the story of Moses’ encounter with God (Yahweh) via the burning bush, I rejoice once again that God picked someone exactly like us to confront Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  Can’t you identify with someone who says, right off the top, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  This is the “You have the wrong person!” argument.  Moses goes on to add some more objections: he doesn’t know God’s name... the Israelites won’t believe him... he has a speech impediment.  God keeps saying, in one way or another, “Take a chill pill, Moses. I will be with you.”

God was going to do the heavy lifting.  The Lord just needed Moses to be the messenger, and to have a little faith.  (Oh yeah, and to put up with and even advocate for the Israelites when they starting complaining - or totally forgot about God and God’s power - when they entered the wilderness.)

But Moses’ objections, and fear, all began with “You’ve got the wrong person, Lord!”

When you hear God asking you to do something, and you are pretty darn sure that it is God who is asking you - whether that be through prayer, or through the words of another person, or simply because you are paying attention and you hear it quite clearly when you are out on a walk - try to have a little faith.  Have faith both in yourself AND in God.

First of all, God wouldn’t be asking you if God didn’t believe in you and your abilities and your gifts (including your faithfulness).  God knew Moses could do the job.  God knows you can do the job, too!  So try to have as much faith in yourself as God has in you!

Second, have a little faith in God.  When the God who created all that is comes alongside of you and says, in effect, “I want you to do something for me,” what is also true is that God will be with you - throughout the enterprise.  And, just as was the case with Moses and the Exodus, God is going to be doing most of the heavy lifting with respect to the thing God has asked you to do.  What God is looking for is someone who is willing to say, as Mary did, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; may it be with me according to your word.”  (Luke 1:38)  [See also Abraham and Sarah, Samuel, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Amos, the 12 apostles, Mary Magdalene, Paul, etc.]

God is in the business of finding and asking imperfect people to do things for the good of the world - in the name of Love.

So when you hear God calling you, don’t assume that God has the wrong person.  Save yourself some time and energy, and begin pondering whether or not you are ready to move... ready to grow... ready to be transformed.  And if you are, then say “yes” and get on with it!