Soon after the death of Joseph and his brothers, the descendants of Israel were forced into Egyptian slavery. For several hundred years, the Egyptians greatly oppressed the Israelites: “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly” (Exodus 1:12-13).
God heard the prayers of the Israelites and answered by calling Moses to lead the people to freedom: “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). Moses felt inadequate to answer God’s call and began to tell God that maybe He had chosen the wrong person for this leadership position; “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11).
At this point, God could have given Moses a motivational speech aimed at building up his self confidence. He could have told Moses of his great potential, and encouraged him to think positively and be more assertive. But Moses’ lack of “self” confidence actually made him ideal for this task. Moses would need to trust God, not his own understanding, with absolutely every step he took. But there was one truth Moses still needed to receive.
“And God said, ‘I will be with you.'”
The one thing Moses needed to fully believe in his heart was that he was not alone. He needed to truly understand that God would always be at his side.
When Jesus spoke His final commands, He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Jesus did not need to remind His followers how to present the gospel message or how to fight discouragement; He simply said, “And surely I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
When we answer God’s call, we can be assured we have (or will be provided) adequate ability. God NEVER calls without also providing the tools to accomplish everything in His plan. But even with all the tools, we are often filled with doubts and fears, uncertain of our next step. And yet, we WILL step. We will continue to step along the path of the world or we will trust God and step out with Him in faith.
Today, as with every day, we must make a choice. As we choose which way to step, let’s remember our Heavenly Father is by our side to love us and guide us along His path. Let’s take the step of faith, every day, and remember that He has called, equipped, and given us His promise: “I will be with you always!”
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
**** Reading Plan ****
Aug 9 Ezra 8:21-9:15; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Psalm 31:1-8; Proverbs 21:1-2
Aug 10 Ezra 10:1-44; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20; Psalm 31:9-18; Proverbs 21:3
Aug 11 Nehemiah 1:1-3:14; 1 Corinthians 7:1-19; Psalm 31:19-24; Proverbs 21:4
Aug 12 Nehemiah 3:15-5:13; 1 Corinthians 7:20-40; Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 21:5-7