Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:1-3
As I read the third chapter of Exodus, I had a funny thought about what would have happened if I was Moses. Exodus 3 would have been one of the shortest chapters in the bible that would read something like this:
Exodus 3:1-3: Now Tosin was keeping the flock of her father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and she led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to her in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. Tosin saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. And Tosin said, “What kind of crazy juju is this? I can’t deal!” And Tosin turned aside and ran for her life.
But Moses didn’t do that, thank God. We still have the entire book of Exodus because he turned aside to see why the bush burned; he didn’t run. But as we read further, we see how the conversation between God and Moses ensued, and we know that although Moses didn’t run away with his feet, he tried to run away with his words. And God, like a very experienced parent, knew this child all too well . . .
After God had told Moses about the state of His Children in Egypt and that He had heard their cry, he dove straight to why He wanted Moses’ attention:
The conversation between God and Moses, with little add-ons by me:
God: “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt . . . ”
Moses: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
God thinking: Okay, did you just cut me off? And for what? That question? Now I’m just going to pretend I didn’t hear what you said and pick it up from where you interrupted me . . . So what was I saying?
God: “. . . But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
God thinking: I’m done. Now you can speak.
Moses: “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name? ’ what shall I say to them?”
God thinking: Good job, Moses. Now that’s the right question. The question is not about who you are, it’s about who I AM!
God: “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
We all know how Moses tried to win this battle of wits but ended up getting himself a sidekick instead, so I’ll stop right here. What God is telling me through this little discuss is simply this:
It’s not about you, girl. IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!
Many times we have looked at our abilities and thought to ourselves
“I must be God’s best choice, if not His only choice!”
“I don’t think God thought this through. How could He send me? Me of all people?”
And sometimes our thoughts even about our salvation may tow the same line:
“I’m such a good girl, I do no wrong, that’s why God must love me so”
“I’m too much dirt, God can never love me”
I don’t think so.
Here’s my personalized version of John 3:16: For God so loved dirt like me, that He sent His Son to clean me up; if only I just believe this, He’ll live His eternal life through me.
It’s all about Him: His strength at work in our weakness, His grace at work in our lives, His unconditional love that paid our way through.
It’s not about me, it’s all about Him.
So if God ignores our funny excuse of “who am I?”, then just maybe we’re asking the wrong question.
I originally wrote this in 2014, though I have done a few edits today. The Lord led me to it this afternoon because recently there are so many things He has asked me to do that I have tried to run away from thinking I’m not good enough. It will never be about my strength. He has promised to never leave me, and that is all I should care about.