Moses’ Calling: Ready, Prepared and Willing
“Here I am.”
These three simple words sum up our calling as Christians. We are ready to respond to God’s request. We are prepared to stop and listen to what He knows is best. However busy, we are willing to go and share His love and Word at His call.
In Exodus 3 the angel of the Lord appeared before Moses as flames of fire within a bush. Moses noticed this peculiar sight and instantly knew that it was God, as the fire did not burn the leaves and branches. Moses feared the Lord and shielded his face, perhaps because the thought of seeing the Lord so bright and clear was mind-boggling. After all, Moses was, however extraordinary, an ordinary human being.
God calls us in unexpectedly unusual, yet wonderful ways.
When the Lord says: ‘So now, go…’ I automatically want to finish it off with the familiar phrase heard at the end of church services every week: ‘…in peace to love and serve the Lord.’ God had heard the Israelites in Egypt crying out for help, and in response has called upon Moses to do just this. In response to God’s call Moses was to go out and serve God by delivering the Israelites to a place of peace. This call is only the beginning for Moses – he is being sent out to go and perform God’s Word.
In the passage of Moses and the Burning Bush, God gives himself a name that shall be used forever. He says it three times whilst talking to Moses:
“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” (Exodus 3:6)
“Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ (Exodus 3:15)
“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me…’ (Exodus 3:16)
God knows who He is, and He knows us far better than we even know ourselves. This is highlighted in this bible passage with the juxtaposition of Moses’ reaction:
“Who am I…?”
This is something that I am sure many of us ask ourselves regularly. Here, God reassures us that He is confident in who we are and what we are capable of. He fills Moses’ with confidence and clears him of his doubts. When Moses asks: “Then what shall I tell them?” God replies: “I AM WHO I AM… I AM has sent me to you.” I often wish someone would word things for me when I don’t know what to say. God calls himself ‘I AM’, a statement that we don’t often think to give as a description for ourselves.
But finally, we must remember that whatever God calls us to do, He will be there with us and supporting us to help others love and serve Him in peace. Remember these reassuring words God spoke to Moses:
‘And God said, “I will be with you.”