In Exodus chapter 3 Moses experiences something like never before. He’s on the backside of a desert tending the flock of his father-in-law when he steps outside and sees a crazy sight. He notices there is a bush on fire but it’s not burning up. A voice comes from the bush speaking to Moses and realizes he is in the presence of God.
Verse 7 says, “Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hands of Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey…” Verse 9 states – “And now, behold, 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.” God hears the suffering of His people and decides to act. What a wonderful truth, God acts on behalf of His people!
Moses has a response much like one we may have. He asks in verse 11, “who I am that I should go? Who should I say sent me?” He questions whether or not he is capable of going… He wonders if he can do what God asks… Moses reveals his insecurity.
What’s interesting is God’s response: God says to Moses, “I Am who I Am… Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’” God tells Moses not to worry about what he can’t do, rather rely on who God is! When Moses questions his own ability, God tells Moses; you don’t have to sweat anything because I Am.
When you question your own insecurities & wonder if God can use you, He replies, I Am. JD Greear, pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh preached a sermon recently about the name of God. He finished his sermon by preaching these statements… To those who often give excuses, God promises to be all we need.
Here are his statements:
“God I am not very skilled, I know, I Am… Who could possibly be smart enough to figure this all out? I Am… How am I supposed to know which way to go? I Am… Who can I trust? I Am… I’m not sure who is really on my team? I Am… Nobody is listening to me, I Am… My marriage is crashing and I do not know where to turn, I Am… I’m 50 years old and I feel like I am starting all over, I Am… Everybody thinks I can’t do it, I Am… What if I fail again? I Am… I’m not sure I believe anymore, I Am… I can’t hold on, I Am… I am tired, I Am… I quit, I Am… I need a fresh start, I Am… Whatever you’re not, whatever you need, whatever you did not get from your parents or your teachers, what you are not getting from someone else, I AM!!!”
Today, know that whatever you’re afraid of, worried about, suffering from, or in need of… God says I AM.