“What could He possibly mean? I’ve been taking care of my father-in-law’s sheep in the middle of nowhere for forty years… and He wants ME to go back to Egypt and deliver Israel? Seriously? I can’t do it… I won’t do it! He’s totally got the wrong guy.”
Truth is, Moses would probably never have said “yes” to God without one particular promise. It was the promise of His presence. In Exodus 3:12, God simply tells Moses, “I will be with you.” But Moses asks Him, “God, when I tell Israel that the ‘God of your fathers has sent me,’ they’re gonna ask me, “Well… what is His name?” So, God answered Moses. He says, “Tell them ‘I am who I am’ sent you to them”
Ok… I admit it, I’m not as old as Moses… but, yes, I’m getting a little older. You see, when I was a kid, there was no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Sponge Bob Squarepants. What we had were reruns of Popeye the Sailor Man… that lovable sailor who risked it all to protect his precious Olive Oil. But whenever his circumstances got a little too rough for him, he would always say the same thing… “I am what I am and that’s all that I am, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man!” In other words… “Don’t get your hopes up. I might want to save the day, but I’m no hero… just a simple pipe-smoking, tattoo-wearing, sailor.”
You see, that’s pretty much where Moses was at. “God, I’m just a weathered old shepherd. You see… that’s who I am… and that’s all I’ll ever be. And yet, God answers Moses in verse 14. He basically says, “Moses, I know who you are. But, let me tell you who I AM. I am who I am and that’s all you’ll ever need!
In fact, what is that in your hand, Moses?” It’s just a shepherd’s staff. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him (Ex. 4:2-4). And, when he did, that staff turned into a snake. God was just trying to show Moses how He can turn the most ordinary of things into instruments of His power. I mean, if He could do that with a stick, imagine what He could do with a life devoted to Him! Jesus asked His disciples, “What is that in your hand? A few loaves? A few fish? Well, let me show you what I can do with them if you’d just trust me.
What’s that in your hand, David? A few stones? Let me show you how I can use them to take down giants. Guys… the Lord is wanting you to embrace the kind of life that’s possible to those who are simply willing to trust Him… those who willing to offer Him the little they might have to offer.
You see, if God can use a stick and a few stones to change history, just imagine what He can do if, as a generation, you chose to order your lives around His mission to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to every nation and people of the world.