11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 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.”
16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
Exodus 3:11-12,16-17 (New International Version)
Unqualified to Do It
Have you ever been told to do a job that you felt unqualified to do? All of us, at one time or another, have been called to do a certain task where we felt incapable of doing. Either because the task seemed too big for us to handle, or we felt that we lack the experience needed to perform the task successfully.
Moses’s Suicide Mission
In Exodus 3, Moses was given his mission from the Lord. He was commanded to go into Egypt and demand that the King of Egypt let the children of Israel free, so that they could worship the Lord. To Moses, this seemed like an impossible task; a suicide mission even.
The Might of Egypt
Egypt, in Moses’s time, was a super power. Furthermore, Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, was a man that had absolute power. If Moses came before Pharaoh and he didn’t like what Moses had to say, he could have Moses executed without giving it a second thought. With that in mind, it can be easy to see how reluctant Moses was in fulfilling the mission God gave him.
The Lord was no doubt aware of Moses’s doubts. In order to calm his fears, the Almighty assured Moses that he will not be alone in this venture. That He, the Lord God, will be with him through every aspect of this quest, and never will He leave him or forsake him. The Lord even guaranteed Moses’s success by telling him that when the nation has been freed, Moses and the people will return to the mountain where God met Moses for the first time.
Our Impossible Task
As disciples of Christ, we too have been given what looks like an impossible task: to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to all nations. Most of us feel unqualified to fulfill the commission of the Lord. We believe that we lack the training that is needed to share the Gospel. Furthermore, we fear the many obstacles that we will face when we pursue this mission. The Kingdom of Sin has a strong influence over this world and will cause people to resist the Gospel of Christ, even to the point of violence.
God is With Us
Despite all these challenges that we face, we must remember one important thing. We have the Lord on our side, and He is bigger than anything this world can throw at us. When this world tries to bring us down, He will be with us to support us and strengthen us as we press on. Furthermore, the Almighty has promised that He will be with us always and will never leave us. Therefore, let us go and fulfill the work which He has given us and do it without fear.