Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis

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

Exodus 3:11-12 NIV

Moses, who had just been stopped by a bush that was burning but wasn’t consumed, was now engaged in a conversation with God, who wanted to send Moses back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from bondage. God wanted to take the Israelites out of Egypt and into the promised land so that the Israelites could own and claim it.

Much to Moses’ surprise, God chose him to lead this mission. But at this point of Moses’ life, he is an aged, married family man. He’s now standing in front of the weirdest and wildest representation of divine purpose that someone could imagine. God wants to use him to do something that demonstrates His power.

However, Moses protests. He asks God, “Who am I?” He doubts who he is in the presence of God. Moses trusts in the power of the One who is behind the voice, but he can’t believe that he is the correct choice.

In our lives, we may also wonder why God chose us. However, the lesson that we can learn from this text is that God still uses people. He uses us to express His will, accomplish His works, and show His way. And He often uses people who don’t see themselves as qualified, ready, or prepared.

Each one of us is gifted with the power of the Holy Spirit. The shocking news to some of us is that God intends to express and achieve His will through each one of us. God wants us to change conditions, impact people, extend His love, and express His will.

We all know how important it is to nurture our intimacy with God. We cannot grow up in God until we grow down in relationship with Him. All of us understand that we ought to share our faith. However, we also have a personal mission. What is the mission that God has revealed for each of our lives?

Until we know our missions, we can’t make any sense out of why everything has synchronized the way that it has. Once we know our mission, we can see the way that God is moving the chess pieces. This includes all of our hurts, troubles, and idiosyncrasies, but it also includes all of our possibilities, relationships, and open doors.

God has been using every part of our lives to get us in front of the burning bush so that we can say, “Yes.”