You know the one, the one going: ‘say this’, ‘go there’ or ‘pray for them’. We long to be obedient to God, we’re eager to serve him and quick to do the things that we know we can do. But what about the things we can’t do, the things we’re afraid of or overwhelmed by. Moses found himself in this very situation in Exodus 3:
‘Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ Exodus 3 v 11
When I feel out of my depth I turn to my friends for encouragement. They may list the reasons why they think I’ll succeed, the gifts I have, the talents I possess and the things I have previously achieved. But God doesn’t do this. Moses asks ‘Who am I to do these things?’ And truthfully, he’s no one. A man of slow speech, a coward; a murderer. But God doesn’t let this stand in the way of Him using Moses, He just reminds him of why it is that he’ll be successful. Because God will be with him.
‘God 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.” Exodus 3 v 12
The greatest encouragement that we can have is God’s promise to be with us, whatever we face, whatever our circumstances, whatever our gifts. So take heart, look up and wait for that…next…nudge….