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May 22, 2007

Knowing Who God Is



burning-bush.jpgWhen God chose to speak to Moses out of the burning bush, it was for a specific purpose. He had a plan for Moses' life, and he was about to tell Moses exactly how to start carrying it out. Once Moses had properly positioned himself to hear from God, the Lord spoke: "I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt" (Exodus 3:10).

Whoa!

Moses had hid his face - now he wanted to hide the rest of his body! Though he had made the proper response to God's glory, he blew it when it came to obedience. "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" he asked God.

Who am I for a job like that?

Whom shall I say sent me?

What if the Israelites don't believe me?

I can relate to how Moses felt when God told him what he wanted him to do. When my publisher first contacted me about writing this book, I felt so intimidated that as soon as my husband and I left the first meeting with the publishing team, I looked at him and exclaimed, "I can't do it!" I felt so ill-equipped for the task that I didn't even consider it. Jerry encouraged me to talk to the Lord before I made a decision.

Bible study and prayer convinced me that God wanted me to accept this challenge. But like Moses, I felt I would never measure up to the task. The Lord has had to continually remind me that he is in control and will accomplish good things through me. He wants to display his greatness through my inadequacy.

Moses' problem was that although he reverenced God, he didn't yet know him very well. Understanding God's attributes - the distinguishing marks of his character - helps us appreciate him in a deeper, more intimate way as it moves us from knowing about him to truly knowing him.

Because God is beyond our comprehension, what we know about him can come in only one way: He must reveal it to us. So in response to each one of Moses' objections - lack of faith, lack of authority, and lack of credibility - God revealed an aspect of his character.

When God tells you what he wants you to do, do you plead lack of authority, credibility, and ability? I often do. Though we, like Moses, should approach the presence of God with humility, we must not hang our heads because we feel unacceptable or inadequate. We must not end up saying, as Moses did, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it" (Exodus 4:13). God doesn't always call the equipped, but he always equips those he calls. He will never ask you to do something he won't enable you to accomplish. Instead of asking God, "Who am I?" Moses should have asked him, "Who are you?"

Comments

A wonderful reminder to us. Thank you for posting this. Who is adequate for these things? We certainly are not, but God through us is. Blessings.

I am realizing more and more that God often uses me when I feel least usable such as in times of stress or trial. He has shown me to be ready in season and out of season as our seemingly "togetherness" or lack of it is not predicated on whether He will use us in a powerful way. In some cracked pot states I have marveled at how God's strength is made perfect in our weakness. Each day, thus has become an exciting journey. From pumping gas to grocery store lines to even getting mail has generated marvelous Divine conversations. Perhaps that's why God tells us that His ways are not our ways. May each of us enjoy the journey with much fruit resulting.

Yes, I've always identified with Moses. Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes... well, it's a need-for-growth thing.

Thanks alot Woman of GOD.first time to read from you from Cameroon AFRICA.Iam call for the muslims,presently i do more of prayers.At times i ask myself can i really do it.I told GOD i want to build a church in MECCA.At times i tell myself u are dreaming but it's all about GOD doing his work through us by us being available.That is why Moses succeeded because GOD was present.I depend on him entirely and i know that i know that he is too faithful to do what ever he has laid in my heart.let us hold to his word nomatter all the challenges for it is the only truth.love you all

May the good Lord continue to bless your vision and insight in Jesus´name. you remind me of the battle that I experience each time I am faced with new Challenges. I always have this feeling of inadequacy wrapping me as though I am incapable of accomplishing anything. But whenever I step out by faith, god has always defende his namde. Truly, it is not by power nor by might. Any one called of God must rely on His unfailing Grace. God bless you for pressing back this et6ernal truth:"with God all things are possible"

Thank you for your honesty. It is timely for me, I am experiencing that myself. God speaks and I know he does but I find every excuse not to respond. Its reassuring to know that God is patient with us, and understands everything about us and is not hasty to ignore us. But when we embrace him for who he reveals himself to be for us, the blessings are so much greater

at last i found something good in internet surfing!im still single and young and i want a commmunity of christians like you ladies to connect with.The world is confused of the ever changing lifestyles imposed and followed.I'm glad to be reminded that i have a call and i should listen and look up to the ONE who did call me, and not to the voice of this world,

God first called me to a leadership position 51/2 years ago, and my first reaction was Lord I am scared to death...I am a nobody...how can I do this. His response to me ...was "I am the great I AM".

Kay Arthur once told me that when God introduced himself to Moses as the great "I AM"...he then went onto produce miracle after miracle as he hardened Pharoah's heart...this was all a part of God's plan..for it would bring him(God) even greater Glory

I can honestly say I have witnessed God do miracle after miracle...The first miracle being God gave me faith to Trust him...even that I had to ask for!

Today I am facing a need for a greater miracle as I get ready to finally cross over into the Promised Land. The miracle that I need right now is courage to face the giants in the promised land!....
and I know God will supply magnificently.

He cannot fail himself or me!

"Trust me in your times of trouble and you can give me Glory"...one of my favorite quotes in my journal

How old was Moses when he was first called by God?

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