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Why Me, God?

by COLETTE CORREA SECURITY Culture adjustment Identity in Christ Language learning God’s guidance & direction Hearing God & understanding His will Transitions Fear Trust
Why Me, God?
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied. “Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God. Then the LORD told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” 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. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations. “Now go and call together all the elders of Israel. Tell them, ‘Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—has appeared to me. He told me, “I have been watching closely, and I see how the Egyptians are treating you. I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.”’ “The elders of Israel will accept your message. Then you and the elders must go to the king of Egypt and tell him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So please let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD, our God.’ “But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him. So I will raise my hand and strike the Egyptians, performing all kinds of miracles among them. Then at last he will let you go. And I will cause the Egyptians to look favorably on you. They will give you gifts when you go so you will not leave empty-handed. Every Israelite woman will ask for articles of silver and gold and fine clothing from her Egyptian neighbors and from the foreign women in their houses. You will dress your sons and daughters with these, stripping the Egyptians of their wealth.”
Exodus 3:1-22
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow. “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh. Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.” Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
Exodus 4:1-17

“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? 

Closing Prayer
Father in heaven, You have a special call on my life, but my insecurities paralyze me with fear. Build my spirit in understanding who I am in Christ. Teach me how to trust you so I can feel secure. Calm my mind of the condemning thoughts that overwhelm me. I surrender to You, Heavenly Father. Amen.
Article: A Christian Counselor’s Perspective on Insecurities This article is for anyone who is seeking to dive deeper into their insecurities and determine if counseling is necessary.
Question for Reflection

What are some active steps you usually take to overcome your insecurities?

Colette Correa
February 18, 2021

When I feel overcome by insecurities, there are four things I do:

1. I identify the root of that emotion. Identifying the issue allows me confront it more easily.

2. I look to see what the Bible has to say about the particular insecurity I experience.

3. I renew my mind with passages of Scriptures to replace the lies I convinced myself to believe.

4. I speak encouragements to myself by personalizing the passages of scriptures I had learned. The more I speak those encouragements to myself, the more it builds me up and the more secure and confident I become.

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