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Who Am I?

Read Exodus 3: 7-14 God calls Moses to save his people.

But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" He said, "I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that It is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain." Exodus 3: 11-12 (NRSV)

Cindy Tanquary Peavy is from Alabama. She has missed opportunities to share her faith. She turned down an invitation to lead a Bible study. She chose to stay silent when someone was in need of comfort. Her reticence came from a deep feeling of being unworthy. Surely God would want a different messenger.

Moses experienced similar reluctance. When God asked him to lead Israel out of slavery, Moses responded with doubt and excuses: "Who am I? I would say the wrong things. What if nobody listens?" God responding by turning the focus away from Moses. God assured Moses, "I will be with you" and taught him the words he should say. When Moses worried that he would be ignored, "God said to Moses, 'I am who I am.'"

Many of us can relate to Moses and his feelings of fear and inadequacy. Maybe we think we should wait until we feel capable to serve God. This story reminds Cindy of the truth: by ourselves we are never going to be good enough. But God still chooses us. And, in God, we are more than enough. When Moses tried to act on his own, his people rejected him and he was banished from Egypt. But when he returned at God's command, a nation followed him. With God's help, we can do whatever God has planned for us.

Prayer: Dear Father, we confess our reluctance to follow you and share our faith. Help us to remember that you are with us, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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