Midweek Wake-Up, April 11th, 2018
If you were at NSC, this past Sunday, you heard Moses’ conversation with God in chapters 3 and 4. In this dialogue, Moses asks two very pertinent questions for each of our lives. He asks Who Am I & Who is God? Questions that get to the heart of our struggle for identity, and how deeply we trust in and enjoy the presence of God.
After sheep farming for 40 years, Moses feels completely inadequate to carry out the ministry that God is laying out before him. Feeling he’s unqualified, that he can’t speak well, that the people won’t listen to him. Finally, in broken honesty he simply tells God, ‘I just don’t want to do it’.
In this brokenness is where God encounters Moses. Moses’ struggle for identity in his accomplishments, reputation etc will not work. And that’s the point. This is not about Moses, this is about God – about I AM. The one who will be who He will be. The unchanging, sovereign God who is faithful to His promises.
There is such a freedom when we fully understand that we are not able to carry out anything on our own strength. Whether this be ministry, parenting, the things that confront us in our jobs, drawing someone to believe in Christ – we are hopeless on our own. Though God uses us, as He did Moses, we cannot accomplish anything on our own. But if we hold this identity rightly, we are brought into the presence of I AM.
The one who is faithful, who never leaves us, who is over all. The one who will be who He will be. How freeing to rest in this sovereign presence, giving ourselves diligently to the tasks and ministry before us, while knowing that it is God who does the work, allowing us to rest in our identity as His children, glorying in His majesty as He fulfills His promises and works in our lives.
This morning NSC, may you rest in your wonderful identity as a child of God (can it get any better!), and then delight in the presence of I AM, the one who holds us in His hands, working out all things for the good of those who love Him!!