Imagine the voice of God calls out to you from a burning bush. Later, the stick you’re holding turns into a snake. For the finale, your own hand becomes leprous one minute but is completely healed the next. Would you have complete and total faith?
Moses witnessed all of these things when God called him into action in Exodus 3 and 4, but still struggled, allowing fear and feelings of inadequacy to override his belief in God. Moses protests, “Who am I? They won’t believe me! I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue.” The Lord reassures Moses, “A-hem, and just who made that mouth you call slow? I did! Now go—I will be your mouth and teach you what to say.” But Moses begs, “Please… send someone else!”
Even if we (who believe without having seen) profess that nothing is too hard for God, we might also struggle with feelings of inadequacy. Is it humility? Or is it an excuse to avoid doing something out of our comfort zone? When Moses asked, “Who am I [to serve you]?” he showed humility. When he continued to protest after God promised to help him, he moved into disobedience. His lack of eloquency wasn’t the real issue—he was simply unwilling. He believed his deficiency was bigger than God’s proficiency. He was focusing on I instead of I AM.
A quote from the 80’s movie Pretty in Pink comes to mind. Blane tells Andie, “You said you couldn’t be with someone who didn’t believe in you. Well I believed in you. I just didn’t believe in me.” It may sound like a good excuse, but in the end that’s all it is… an excuse. The bible says if you believe in Christ then He’s IN you. So, if you don’t believe in you, you aren’t believing in Him. In Christ, you’re never inadequate.