Day 3 //

Focus

When was a time that fear kept you from living the life God was calling you to live?

Read // Exodus 3:11-15

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.

Reflect

After hearing God’s explicit call to go to Egypt, Moses has a crisis that most of us would find all too familiar: “Who am I to do something like this?” So often, our first reaction is to focus on the fears, the weaknesses, the reasons why a certain plan won’t work. We fixate on the problems rather than on the God who is able and willing to do so much more. 

God doesn’t comfort Moses by telling Him how great He is. He does not rattle off a list of his accomplishments and qualifications. He doesn’t try and stroke His ego. No. God points Moses back to Himself. Moses will succeed in Egypt because Yahweh will be with Him. 

Yahweh. I Am Who I AM. The very basis of existence itself (Acts 17:28).

Too often in Christian circles, we model our style of comfort and encouragement after the world. We try to puff each other up rather than make much of the God who has called us. He is our strength. He is our hope. He is our life. Let’s encourage one another by pointing each other to Him. 

When was a time that you felt unworthy and unqualified? Listen to see if there is something God is calling you toward in that sense of failure.

Apply

Who can you encourage today by pointing them not to their own resume but to who God is?