Weekly Devotion – Exodus 3:11
Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, March 8, 2023
By Mike Caton
Exodus 3:11, “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’”
Moses’ response to God sending him to rescue the Israelites: Who me? We might wonder about Moses and his response, we might even chuckle at his questioning of God’s choice. But wait a minute, because don’t we too often do the same thing? We get the sense, the prodding, the feeling that there is something that God wants us to do, and we are not sure we can or should. Maybe we question God’s choice of messenger as well. We doubt our qualification, our abilities, and it is not hard to convince ourselves that we cannot possibly do the thing we feel God is calling us to do.
Sure, Moses had been trained in the wisdom and ways of Egypt. But that was a long time ago. For the past forty years he had been a simple shepherd and a family man in a foreign country. He hadn’t spoken to anyone, especially anyone of any real importance. Why in the world would anyone think pharaoh would let the Hebrews leave Egypt when anyone showed up and demanded it, especially an unknown shepherd from a far off land. And so Moses asks, Who am I to do this? Certainly there are better choices out there. And you know what, there might have been some better choices.
But God chose Moses. Whether Moses realized it or not, God had been preparing him for this very day, this very mission. And God was not through preparing, equipping, and enabling Moses to perform this task. We need to remember this when God calls us to do something. No doubt it will not be as dramatic as a burning bush, but make no mistake, God calls us, you and me, every day to do something for him and his kingdom. It might be something simple, like to be more committed or it might be so far out of our imagination it can only be from God, like Moses leading the people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. But make no mistake, God is calling us every day. And he is giving us the things we need to do his task, it is a matter of our being willing.
Father, help me be willing to follow you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email firstname.lastname@example.org.