But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. [Exodus 3:11-12a (NLT)]
Not all of us have the benefit of eighty years’ experience as did Moses when God called on him. Take David, for example, he was just a young shepherd boy when called on to become both warrior and king. Peter and John were fishermen; nothing in their backgrounds prepared them for their roles as Apostles and founders of a church. Mary was just a girl, in the town of Nazareth, engaged to be married to a local carpenter. What preparation did she have to become the mother of God? Gideon was a farmer, hiding from the Midianites in a wine press while threshing wheat, when God called to him. In fact, Gideon protested that, as the most insignificant member of the weakest clan, he couldn’t be the one to rescue Israel.
When God called to Moses from that burning bush, Moses didn’t see his eighty years’ experience as an asset. Instead, like Gideon, he focused only on his inadequacies. Understandably, the man raised in Pharaoh’s court wondered how the elders of Israel would believe he had been chosen to free their people let alone how an exile could convince Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave his country. God, however, provided Moses with the additional tools and skills necessary to do the job. He was given three signs to demonstrate God’s power to the Israelites and was enabled to perform miracles before Pharaoh. When Moses pointed out that he wasn’t eloquent, God promised to give him the necessary words and then provided him with Aaron to serve as his mouthpiece. God empowered His servant and provided all that was necessary to achieve His task.
While God probably won’t get our attention with a burning bush, I think He regularly calls to us with tasks. There’s a good chance we’ll be like Gideon and Moses and see only our inadequacies and, like those men, we will be inadequate on our own. God, however, doesn’t ask us to do His work by ourselves. He told Gideon, “I will be with you!” and He will be with us. As God did with Moses, He will shore up our weak spots and provide us with the resources and skills we need to accomplish His will. God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the ones He calls!