Tuesday, March 1

Exodus 1:7-12 (ESV)

Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters.  I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.  And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.  10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”  11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  12 He said, “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 responds to the cries of the Israelites and chooses Moses to go before Pharaoh to bring His people out of Egypt.  But Moses asks, “Who am I?”  We too, ask the same question.  “Who am I that I should be chosen by God to do His work?”  Who am I that He hears me when I call to Him?”  “Who am I?”

God’s response to Moses’ question was not to tell Moses what a great and capable leader Moses is, but to tell him.  “I will be with you.”  God had called Moses to do this tremendous, overwhelming task, something that Moses could not accomplish on his own, but God was with him.  It was God that would accomplish the impossible.  For He, after all, is God:  loving, gracious, merciful, faithful, powerful, the Great I Am.

So, “Who am I?” we ask.  And He tells us:  To all who did receive him (Jesus), who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13).  You are a child of God.

Further, He tells us:  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God (1 John 4:15). God abides in you.

He can use us to accomplish His purposes here on earth not because of who we are or what we have done (and even in spite of who we are and what we have done) but because of who He is and what He has done.

We praise You, Almighty Father, for what You have done and for who You are.  Use us, we pray, to bring honor and glory to Your holy name.  Amen.

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