The prophet Moses was facing a daunting task: He was being called by God to lead the children of Israel out of their long captivity by the oppressive Egyptian regime. Moses felt that he was ill prepared and ill equipped to handle such a challenging assignment. In his mind, he was fully convinced that God was making a tremendous and gross error in selecting him for this undertaking.
Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Who was he to carry out such a charge? Who was he to confront the despotic power of Pharaoh? Who was he to be the liberator of Israel?
The reason why Moses could not conceive of this possibility was that he was consumed with looking at himself. He could not get past his own faults and frailties, and believed that the assignment did not match his aptitude.
In his self-analysis, Moses felt as though he did not possess the necessary qualities, attributes or gifts to manage such a mission and, if the truth be told, Moses was absolutely right. He did not possess what one might consider the “right credentials.” But this mission was not about him-it was about God.
Many of us have found ourselves like Moses: feeling inadequate in the face of something we are being called to do that is seemingly beyond our abilities. Have you ever felt that you were being called to some task that was more enormous than you could have ever anticipated? How did you respond?
Often times, we shrink back from challenges and intimidating assignments because we feel deficient and, worse, we feel that our deficiencies should disqualify us from the call. I can’t begin to tell you how many times in my life I have felt as though I lacked the necessary tools to accomplish what God required of me. My insecurities dominated my thoughts. I only saw my weaknesses instead of my strength. I found it difficult to move forward because I was overwhelmed by my inadequacies, and I was fearful of the possibility of failure.
Insecurity and fear are treacherous enemies. This tag team has destroyed countless lives and wounded many persons-persons whose journeys to greatness were cut short by timidity and terror.
Truthfully, it seems almost natural to flinch and cringe at the prospect of being used in a God-sized venture, but the trepidation that is felt should not be permanent. In fact, it may be that the temporary hesitation experienced can give birth to a humility that is necessary in order to avoid the pitfalls of arrogance and conceit. But you cannot stay stuck. You must move forward and fulfill the calling and assignment that has been placed before you.
Remember, it just may be that God did not call you because of your ability, but God called you because of God’s capability. Could it be that what you lack in preparation, God would make up for with divine presence, power and provision?
When God places a mammoth project before you to take upon yourself, it’s not about you. It’s all about God! If God calls you, then I believe God will equip you. If God equips you, then I believe God will sustain you. If God sustains you, then I believe God will empower you. Why? Because it’s not about you-it is all about God!