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The Power of One

Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?"

Exodus 3:13

How often have you heard the phrase, “But I’m just one person?”  Too often, Christians shy away from an important task or responsibility because we don’t see the difference one person’s effort will make in a situation, especially when it is a complex one.  Sadly, many of the world’s problems are complex and overwhelming.  Think about poverty, illiteracy, human trafficking, corruption and all manner of injustice.  How can one person make a dent in these? 

In Exodus 3, Moses was facing a complex problem.  He had many years earlier killed an Egyptian soldier before he fled from Pharaoh’s court to the Midian.  Now God was sending him back to Egypt to free the children of Israel from Pharaoh’s oppressive rule.  Who was going to believe him?  To those who had witnessed the deed, he was the individual who had committed murder and then ran away.  How could anything he said make a difference?  Moses needed assurance, and just like that, God gave it to him.  And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” In other words, God had chosen Moses for this task, and God was going to give him all that he needed to accomplish the task.  God spoke of a future that Moses could not yet envision.

Dear friend, you may be sitting on the fence undecided about whether you should do something you feel called to do.  You may be wondering whether to pursue a new calling on your life.  You might be confused and afraid because the world has trained you to think one way, and God’s way appears contrary; it offers less certainty and higher risk.  It’s the road less travelled.  I want you to know that the same God who gave Moses the assurance he needed, is ready to give you the assurance you need.  As the Psalmist confidently declares, “No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others (Psalm 25:3).

You have every reason to be afraid.  The task is too big for you, and you are incapable of putting a dent in it, in fact you are completely unqualified for it.  But just as he came through for Moses, God will come through for you if you put your trust in him.  For the Bible says, “When you are weak, he is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10); you are finite, but he is infinite (2 Chronicles 2:6); you are fickle, but he is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9).  And he is all you need for this thrilling new journey.  He will supply all that you need to accomplish the calling upon your life.  He will equip you for this responsibility.  Moses chose to trust God and go back to Egypt despite his insecurities and we know the outcome of his choice.  How about you, “What will you choose to do?”  Indeed, “What do you plan to do?”

Father in heaven, l honor you today.  Lead me and guide me in this decision.  I will obey you and follow you, for I know that your word is true.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.