“But Moses protested to God, ‘Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?’


God answered, ‘I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.’


But Moses protested, ‘If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?’


God replied to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.’ God also said to Moses, ‘Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations’.” Exodus 3:13-15 (NLT)



Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush led Moses to question God’s direction. When God told him to go to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from oppression, Moses needed verification. He felt like a nobody from nowhere. Moses already tried to deliver the Israelites on his own years earlier and failed. His past was jaded by killing a man when he was seeking justice and then running for his own life. Moses had lived the last few years looking over his shoulder, making sure his past wasn’t following him. When God wanted to send Moses back to the very thing Moses had left behind forever, Moses needed to know who to say was sending him. Foreign kings would send messengers to neighboring empires, and the messenger would be recognized by whom he was sent. God was sending Moses, and God’s name would serve as verification to the Israelites that Moses was from God. Even then, Moses still questioned and protested God’s direction, because he felt overwhelmed and unqualified. He also didn’t fully grasp the power of the God who was sending him.


The problems and challenges we face on a daily basis can feel overwhelming. Our posture can resemble that of Moses when we tell God why we can’t make it, how difficult our circumstances seem to be, and why someone else should do what God has asked us to do. If we face life’s challenges with this perspective, we limit the strength that could be ours through a limited understanding of who we represent. For some, it’s time to start telling your problems who your God is instead of telling God how you can’t make it. When we understand the power of the God we serve, we can approach every difficulty with confidence that He is with us. Moses couldn’t deliver the people himself. When he tried, he ended up a murderer and an outlaw. Yet, when Moses allowed God to work through him, God did what Moses couldn’t have even comprehended at the burning bush. God wants to do for you what He did for Moses. Though your problem may be great, the God you serve is even greater. He is able to do far more through His power at work in us over what we could do on our own.

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. 

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