Greater Than Fear of Inadequacy
I was stumped about what fear I wanted to focus on today. There are so many options and so many ideas going through my head, but none of those ideas particularly hit me today. So I prayed about it, and I was stumped.
But then I sat down to do prep work for a Bible study that I'm a part of on the verbs of God.
Exodus 3:1-15. Boom.
Take a minute. Click on the link, and read the passage.
It's the passage where the voice of God speaks to Moses out of a burning bush. When you think about it, that's a pretty awesome situation! But was also pretty terrifying for Moses.
In fact, as God spoke to Moses, Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.
But why did God speak to Moses? He had a mission for Him. God had compassion on His people and wanted to set them free from slavery, and He was sending Moses to accomplish His purposes.
He wanted Moses to be the one that He used to set His people free from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh.
But how does Moses respond to this mission?
Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Moses felt inadequate for the task that God had for him.
I can relate to Moses. I often feel inadequate for the tasks that God has for me. I often ask "Who am I?" or "Why me?" I'm fearful and afraid, and I often don't think I can live up to the tasks and mission I have been given.
I might be making an assumption, but I think we all have moments where we fear being inadequate. We ask questions like "Who am I to be a mom?" or "Who am I to be a wife?", "Who am I to share Jesus with people I don't know?" "Who am I to start a blog that allows me to share my faith, thoughts, or struggles?" "Who am I to speak the truth into that situation?" "Who am I to tell that person that they're wrong?" and so many more.
We often ask the question (maybe in slightly different wording but ultimately the same), "Who am I?"
But the better question is "Who is God?"
God responds to Moses' fear of inadequacy.
He 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.”
God isn't sending Moses alone. He will be with Moses. He is sending Moses to take care of His purposes, but He will be with Moses in the midst of it.
The God of the universe, the Great I AM, was with Moses in the task He called Moses to.
And He's with us in the tasks that He calls us to. We might not feel up to the task, but if God calls us to something, we are not alone. God goes before us and He is with us, enabling us to accomplish the task He has called us to.
We may very well be inadequate, but if God calls us to something, He's the one that makes us adequate and helps us perform the tasks and missions He calls us to.
Moses was not a very good speaker, but God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses was fearful, and even though he complained to God at times, he had faith in God, and God used Him mightily.
So what has God called us to, and are we fearful that we're inadequate for the task? But ultimately, do we have faith that God can use us, like Moses, despite our fears and inadequacies?
This post is part of a 31 day series called Faith>Fear. You can read all of the posts in the series here.
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