“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Moses humbly protested in Exodus 3:11. In other words, “send someone else, not me.” As God was encouraging him that he would be with him, Moses kept persisting, “What if they ask what your name is?” “What if they don’t believe me?” and by the way, "Can’t You hear me God, I am not eloquent with words.”
Moses’s insecurity was very apparent. His deep-seated lack of confidence, uncertainty, and anxiety about his own abilities were all rooted in fear. Insecurity is very familiar to many cross-cultural workers who transition from their cozy home to another country. As they move from one culture to another to focus on learning a different language, culture, history, and traditions of a people group that at times do not even have an official written language yet, it can be a very intimidating experience.
Just like Moses, we find ways to protest: “God who will listen to me?” “I’m just a foreigner,” “I’ve never been good at learning languages,” “They will make fun of me!” “I have an accent…” These are some of the many insecurities cross-cultural workers experience. But we can be encouraged by the interactions between God and Moses in Exodus.
God reassured him that He would be with him. (Exodus 3:12)
God revealed to him who He was. (Exodus 3:14)
God told him to proclaim to the Israelites he had been commissioned by God. (Exodus 3:14-15)
God gave him the ability to perform three signs that would prove God had sent him. (Exodus 4:1-8)
God encouraged him that He would help him speak and teach him what to say. (Exodus 4:11-12)
God provided an assistant (a co-laborer) and reassured him that he would help both of them speak and would teach them what to do. (Exodus 4:15)
Just as God was with Moses when commissioned to Egypt, He longs to be with you to help you fulfill your call. Will you let Him?
What are some active steps you usually take to overcome your insecurities?