Jan 30 (Daily reading: Exodus 1-3) Today and tomorrow, we will learn from Moses’s responses to God’s call. God has chosen to accomplish His work on the earth by calling people to join Him in His work. Moses responded with doubt. The way God answered him is helpful also to us.
(3:11-12) Moses first said, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh?” Wrong question! The right question was, “Who is God?” because He told Moses, “Certainly I will be with you.” Our service to God will never depend on who we are or what we can do, but always on who God is, what He in His power can do, and His promise to be with us! Faith is required, as God said, “This shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain.” Moses had to act in faith, believing that God would bring to pass in the future what He had promised.
(3:13-15) But Moses did not yet truly know God. He asked God what he would say to his brothers in Egypt when they asked, “What is God’s name?” Thank you, Moses, for bringing that up, because now we know God’s awesome name: “I AM WHO I AM.” We too may doubt because we are looking at our own abilities. Here is a quote from my first book: “In answering God’s call, we go out in God’s name and under His authority. When the great I AM sends us, our only response is obedience. One way to understand God’s answer could be by writing, ‘I AM _________,’ and then fill in the blank with whatever we lack! He is all-powerful, all-knowing, always present, all-sufficient and always loving!” (page 18).