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Why You…Why Not You?

Why You…Why Not You?

By Kendra Clarke

What if God were to come to you right now and ask you to pick up your mantle and lead His people? Would you reply, why you or would you think why not you? What if He called you to leave your family, your comfort zone or place of security, to instead stand in faith and trust Him even in the light of uncertainty. Would you accept the calling on your life without hesitation or fear, stepping up to the plate confidently, or would you be like Moses seeking a way out. Moses had every excuse in the book as to why he should have been disqualified or removed from consideration, because he wanted no part of the responsibility that God had placed in his lap. On the one hand, Moses had to have been in shock and in awe because he was speaking to God himself, but on the other hand, there had to have been fear for the same reason. God said, “Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

A Human Response

Nothing could have fully prepared Moses for that faithful encounter with God, but one thing is for certain, he was never going to be the same and life as he knew it had come to an end. Moses had to have felt special for about a minute, before the gravity of God’s request set in. “Who am I, that you should send me Lord?” (Exodus 3:11) ,What if they do not believe me or listen to me?” (Exodus 4:1), “But Lord, I am not eloquent and I am slow of speech and of tongue” (Exodus 4:10), and when all else failed, Moses pleaded, “Lord, please! Send someone else(Exodus 4:13). We can all relate to Moses’s initial response because above all else, it was a human response. He thought himself not qualified for the task, because He viewed it from the physical standpoint and not from God’s standpoint. He knew his limitations and his flaws in the flesh, so from where he stood he was nothing special that God should choose him. But God knew Moses better than he knew himself, so He already knew all about Moses’s shortcomings and imperfections, his potential and his gifts and had a plan as to how He would use them.

When God Qualifies You

God had a plan and a purpose for Moses’s life that was predetermined before his birth. God’s calling was upon Moses, but it was never about Moses. Moses was the vessel, the messenger that God used to fulfill His purpose.  This task was assigned to Moses for a reason and only he could fulfill it. Do you feel unqualified for what God has asked you to do? Is your past, your flaws or shortcomings causing you to feel inadequate? Understand that God will never ask you to do something only to abandon you at your time of need, for your success brings Him glory. As with Moses, you don’t have to be eloquent of speech, for “God will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12). He promises not only to be with you” (Exodus 3:12) during the process but will see you through it. Trust, that He knows all your weaknesses but in your weakness, His strength will be perfected (2 Corinthians 12:9). When God qualifies or chooses you to carry out a mission, he would not have chosen you if He didn’t intend on equipping you to carry out the task. So, stop arguing with God about your qualifications and why He should consider someone else, because it is a losing battle. Accepting the call will require a leap of faith, trusting God beyond what you can see or feel and“leaning not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). In the end, when you are tempted to ask God, “Why me Lord?…Why send me? In faith, consider “Why not me?”

 

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