How should you respond to your feelings of inadequacy? Maybe you just don’t believe that God can use someone like you. You’re from a dysfunctional family. You have too much baggage from your past. You’re a minority in a majority-led world. You’re too brash, too shy, too fearful, or too afraid to try.
Perhaps you’re not enough. You don’t think clearly enough. You don’t speak well enough. You don’t know enough. You’re not smart enough. You don’t have the platform, followers, endorsements, letters behind your name, or degrees on your wall. You sin too much. You doubt God’s willingness to use someone so weak. You’re ill-equipped for the task. What do you do?
Consider our old friend Moses. Although he was raised as royalty in the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation, he murdered a man and fled the consequences of his actions. He had been hiding out in the Midian protection program for forty years, thinking he had escaped his checkered past.
But God had other plans. Out of a burning bush that wasn’t burning quite right, God called Moses to go and deliver his people.
Moses offered every excuse, but God had none of it. Instead, God promises to go with Moses (Exodus 3:12). “You are a nobody, but I am Somebody, and I’m coming along with you.” God goes on to make known His powerful name, the suffering of His people, and how future events will unfold (Exodus 3:14–22). Not only does God do the commissioning, but He knows and holds the future. Nothing in the plan is up for grabs. God makes clear, “I am in control.”