Read | Exodus 3:10-17
God called Moses to do a great work for Him that would also bless the Israelites. Moses’ response to this awesome invitation was to offer excuses for why he couldn’t obey. This attitude–which I call a “faith barrier”–can thwart us spiritually.
In Moses’ life, we see areas of weakness that can create such a barrier:
Poor self-image. When God gave the command to go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses’ immediate response was to say, “Who am I?” Perhaps he was thinking of his occupation as a lowly shepherd living in Midian. Maybe he was referring to his lineage–He was part of the Hebrew race that was enslaved in Egypt. Or He might have been recalling his past, when he killed an Egyptian and had to flee Egypt (Ex. 2:12). The Lord answered his objection with a wonderful promise: “I will be with you” (3:12).
Ignorance. In order to carry out God’s plan, we need to believe fully in the One who has called us. When Moses questioned his assignment again, the Lord answered by revealing Himself as the great I AM and the One who had promised to rescue the Israelites (vv. 14-17). By trusting in the character and promises of almighty God, Moses would be able to carry out this seemingly impossible assignment.
Faith barriers hinder the flow of divine power in our life, slow spiritual growth, and prevent us from fully carrying out God’s will. We must remember who He is, who we are, and where power comes from. That is, He’s Sovereign over all, we’re new creations in Christ, and His Spirit empowers us.
Dr. Charles Stanley
- “I Am”! (pttyann.wordpress.com)