You know the story, or maybe you’ve even seen it portrayed on the big screen, where God appears to Moses in the burning bush. God handpicks Moses to lead His people to freedom. He assures Moses, “I AM the One who is sending you with My authority.” God shows Moses these miracles that He is going to do through him.
And how does Moses respond? “Yeah, but….” Sadly, this is how I usually respond too.
“Yeah, but who am I that You would handpick me?”
- I don’t have the right credentials.
- My family is dysfunctional.
- I’m not comfortable with risk.
- I’ve never done anything like this before.
“Yeah, but how do I really know this is You, God?”
- I need a sign.
- I’ve made mistakes before when I thought I was following You.
- Have I mentioned I’ve never done anything like this before?
“Yeah, but what if this doesn’t work out?”
- I need assurance.
- I want to know where this is going to end up before I get started.
- What happens next?
“Yeah, but how will I know what to say or do?”
- I don’t want to look like a fool.
- I don’t want to be embarrassed.
- I want to be in control.
It’s interesting to see that God patiently answered all of Moses’ “Yeah, but” questions. It was only when Moses reached the conclusion “You’ve got the wrong guy” that God became angry.
Moses’ first response was his best response: Here I am.
This is what usually happens to me. God calls me to do something or say something for Him, and I immediately say, “Here I am.” Then I begin to think about what I just committed to. It’s then that I come up with all my “Yeah, but” reasons why I can’t be the guy God thinks I am. In other words, I think my way out of God’s plan for me.
Here’s what I need to remember: If God calls me, it’s only because He has already equipped me.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
No more “Yeah, but” second-guessing, I’m just sticking with “Here I am.”