the real question

Who are you?  A doctor, lawyer, teacher…famed preacher of God’s Word? Maybe just an ordinary Joe. A tired housewife and mother or a stressed out husband and father. A misfit.. outcast…addict.

Moses was a murderer who covered up his crime, and had to flee his home. (Exodus 2:11-15) He settled down in a place called Midian and quietly attended the flocks of his father-in-law. Nothing flashy, nothing big. Just a man with a sense of justice that got him into trouble, living an obscure life. (2:16-3:1)

Then one day, God appeared and called Moses to be the deliverer of His people.  And like most of us, Moses questioned God’s decision to use him, an ordinary man who had lived a less than sinless life.

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'” (3:11)

And then it comes. The five words in answer to every person’s insecurity and question of their own ability to do what God has told them to do. It is the answer to our identity issue.

“And God said, ‘I will be with you'”. (3:12)

Moses, it doesn’t matter who you are. What matters is Who will be with you.

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.” 2Samuel 7:8-9

David…shepherd, military leader, adulterer and murderer. King. Man after God’s heart. It was never about any of that. God is the One who was with you. 

“But Lord,” Gideon asked, “how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.” Judges 6:15-16

Dear Gideon. It doesn’t matter how weak and small you are. It’s all about Who will be with you.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

It has been His promise from the beginning. He knows who and what you are. And He has always known that who you are is not the issue. The question is not are you good enough, smart enough, brave enough or strong enough. The question will never be “who are you?”.

Who is with you?

5 thoughts on “the real question

  1. Karla, This is the perfect question: Who is with you? I love how after going through several Old Testament examples you came around to Jesus promising that He will be with us always. If He was not with me I would be lost. Peace, Linda

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  2. good one kiddo. Our pastor did a sermon on the ‘Me Monster’…you should hear it..I think it goes right nice with this lesson. We always think it’s about US…not the One who calls us, loves us,guides and protects us. Why do we forget that so many times? I know I do. Thanks for the reminder. I love you

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