Years ago, world-famous evangelist Billy Graham was scheduled to speak at Cambridge University in England, but he did not feel qualified to address the sophisticated thinkers. He had no advanced degrees and he had never attended seminary. Billy confided in a close friend: “I do not know that I have ever felt more inadequate and totally unprepared for a mission.” He prayed for God’s help, and God used him to share the simple truth of the gospel and the cross of Christ.
Moses also felt inadequate when God recruited him for the task of telling Pharaoh to release the Israelites. Moses asked, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” (Ex. 3:11). Although Moses may have questioned his effectiveness because he was “slow of speech” (4:10), God said, “I will certainly be with you” (3:12). Knowing he would have to share God’s rescue plan and tell the Israelites who sent him, Moses asked God, “What shall I say to them?” God replied, “I AM has sent me to you” (vv.13-14). His name, “I AM,” revealed His eternal, self-existent, and all-sufficient character.
Even when we question our ability to do what God has asked us to do, He can be trusted. Our shortcomings are less important than God’s sufficiency. When we ask, “Who am I?” we can remember that God said, “I AM.”
Dear Lord, help me to remember that You are
with me, even when I’m unsure of my own
abilities. Give me the faith to believe that You
can help me to do anything You ask me to do.
You need not be afraid of where you’re going when you know God’s going with you.
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But it made me think of my journey. Who am I? There are been times when I have heard the voice in my head telling you "you're just a veterinary technician lost in the world of veterinarians, what can you do?"
But I do know God has prepared me for this and called me to serve in long term missions. He also called me specifically to the region of the world, the tribe, and the team that I'm about to head off to join.
I know who I am in Christ alone. So God is sufficient. What an important reminder. May we never forget that. And I'm telling that to myself as well as I continue with 65 more days of transition before I move. I would be lying if I said it was easy to leave everything I have ever known behind. But Jesus warned us numerous times that following His is not easy. But yet on the flip side I'm beyond excited to hop on that plane. I never knew you could have two drastically contrasting emotions at the same time.
Some people have been asking me lately what a typical day is going to look like for me. I can only reply with a chuckle because that is a great question. I have no clue. But God's got it all figured out so that's what matters, right?!
So are you called to something but letting the discouraging voice within yourself telling you that you inadequate? Please remember this devotional and lean in to the Truth of God's sufficiency!
Hey, I'm moving to Africa. It's definitely NOT because of me thinking I'm anything spectacular. It's because of He who has called me. And only because of Him. What has He called you to?