My friends, in the last few years I have been learning to listen to God’s calling & follow through with what He is asking even when I feel under-qualified. Believe me when I say I am still learning this! I often fail to follow through with what the Lord is leading me to do, even when I’ve seen Him do incredible things time and time again!!
Let me paint a picture of this that you may be able to relate to… It’s high school/a typical a work day, and it’s lunch time. You walk downstairs, and you see someone sitting alone. As soon as you see them, your heart breaks, and you feel the Lord prompting you to talk to them. Then, the fear sets in. You think to yourself “Why me?” or “What am I supposed to say?” or “Maybe someone else will talk to them!!”. And my goodness fear can be so crippling!!
If you’ve experienced this or something similar, I promise you and I are not the first ones to have thought these things! Moses had similar thoughts when God called him to do something scary…
In Exodus 3, God appeared to Moses through a burning bush (you heard me right!! a BURNING BUSH!!). But to get even crazier, Exodus tells us that this bush was on fire, but it was not disintegrating to ash like a bush normally would!! Anyways, now that we’re past the crazy, yet really cool bush thing… God spoke to Moses and told him to confront Pharaoh. Now, let’s not underestimate how scary this must sound to Moses! Pharaoh was very stubborn and ruled like a dictator. For goodness sake, he had a whole nation in slavery to him!! So, Moses is terrified to confront him (& can you blame him?!)
Check out the conversation between God & Moses…
“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He [God] said, ‘But I will be with you…'”Exodus 3:11-12a
Moses did the thing that I know I am guilty of doing: he questioned “Why me?!” & God’s response is so comforting: “I will be with you”.
Sweet friends, when God asks you to do something, whether that be sitting with someone new at lunch or going overseas for missions or starting a conversation about Jesus or pursuing a career in ministry, etc., you are not alone because God says He will be with you and will equip you for your calling.
The Bible tells us that Moses was not the ideal candidate for this job, but God still chose Him for this big task! In chapter 4 it describes him as “not eloquent” and “slow of speech and of tongue”. But the Lord again says to Him “I will be with your mouth and [will] teach you what you shall speak” (Ex. 4:12).
Just as God equipped Moses to set the Israelites free, God qualifies each of us for the calling He has put on our hearts.
So, as shocking as it is that God would send Moses to deliver the Israelites, God was with Him in all of it. In the same way, if you are feeling under qualified for what the Lord is leading you to do, I promise the Lord does not ask you to do something that He is not going to walk through with you. Tune your heart to listen and follow God’s leading. So, I challenge you… do the big, scary thing that you know the Lord is asking of you because He promises to be with you and He will equip you for all of it (: