For When You Feel Inadequate

But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh?  Who am I to lead the People out of Israel?  God answered, “I will be with you…”  Exodus 3:11&12

I think I’ve had it all wrong for a really long time.

Somehow I’ve learned to believe the notion that in order to BE anything I have DO something first.  I’ve learned that my value and my worth are wrapped up in my skills and abilities.  When those fall short of anyone’s (particularly my own) expectations I will either abandon the effort, throwing up my hands and proclaiming – “I can’t!”

Or, I work myself frazzled to perfect my actions so they will be worthy of someone’s praise.

Shallow?  Trite? Superficial?  You betcha! 

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And it stings a little bit to realize that I’ve put my faith, my trust and my hope in something so fleeting that I’ve forgotten the eternal goodness of grace.   How Christ in me is more than sufficient. 

I love how God didn’t give give Moses the satisfaction of a laundry list outlining all of what made him qualified.  He simply said: “I will be with you…”

Simple. True. Enough. 

“I will be with you.”

Really it’s the only assurance we need.  When the Maker of the universe, the One who calls each star to shine or burn out,  or with a wave of His hand orchestrates the clouds, calls you, “who am I,” doesn’t really factor into the grand scheme of things.  Because, with Him, IN Him we are sufficient.

You are, because He called you.  You are, because He chose you.  You are, because you’re available.  You are, because He is with you. 

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God with us.

Christ in us.

I have strength for all things IN Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength INTO me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13 AMP (Emphasis Mine)

He never calls us and abandons us.  Never.  He calls and He is with us.

So, next time you feel those tendrils of doubt curl their way into your being.  The next time you shake your head at God and wonder, what on earth was He thinking, lean in close and hear Him whisper…

“I will be with you.” 

 

 


4 Comments

  1. I have never felt this more keenly than when God asked me to set aside the one thing I feel the most confident at and instead do something I feel so incredibly inept at. His power in my weakness indeed!

  2. A big yes and amen for this post!

  3. Oh how I can relate and the doing leaves me feeling worn out. I am supposed to be in a period of taking a break and resting and I still find myself sneaking back to the computer trying to do something, instead of just letting myself be. Even when I know if I would just let myself be that I would be able to return sooner than if I keep trying to do and continue to leave myself worn out.

  4. Such simple truth! I am really great at forgetting it though…

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