11But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12He 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.” 13Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”
Can you remember your first job? Fast food restaurant, athletic club, or maybe a supermarket. The first day, they started to train you, and can you remember how that went?
It’s not unusual to feel inadequate for a job. Feelings of inadequacy are normal when you are doing something new. You might also feel overwhelmed and lost which cause you to question why you decided to take this job.
Moses stumbles across the burning bush in the midst of his job. He’s gotten herding sheep down to a science. He’s good at it. He feels confident yet is ever-aware of the dangers he might face. He is up to the challenge.
But a burning bush that isn’t consumed is completely strange. He doesn’t know what to make of it, so he approaches more closely.
Then God starts to speak. He tells Moses what he needs to do. He tells Moses to step out of his comfort zone boldly. Moses then asks the question, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” Do you hear the fear in his voice? The trepidation? The worry? The feeling of inadequacy?
God doesn’t address him with modern psychology. Instead, God says to him, “I will be with you”.
The very thing God is telling Moses to do is a great and mighty work. It is an impossible work. It is a fool’s task, and Moses doesn’t want to look like a fool. He is afraid of the risk and returning to a powerful nation to demand something when he is powerless.
He might believe he will be thrown in jail for such a request.
It’s possible that Moses had a speech impediment. We know he had an anger problem. Like anyone else in this world, he had limitations and “issues”.
But God doesn’t refer to any of these. Instead, He declares who He is and that He will be with Moses. All of the success of this enterprise is based on God’s working.
And, wherever He sends, He goes. He does not abandon His children. Whatever He asks us to do, His promise is sure that He will be with us. He says to Moses, “when you have brought the people out of Egypt”, not, “if you bring my people out of Egypt”. God’s confidence is sure, because His promise is based on His Word.
And this Word is Christ, who is the saving God. He will lead us to the promised land of heaven. Why? Because we are without limitations and issues? No, but because this promise was secured at the cross. All of our excuses and fears are extinguished by this single phrase, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”.
In the end, Moses didn’t need to worry about who he was, because God made his name great. He made his name eternal.