Reading: Exodus 3: 7-15
Verse 12: And God said, “I will be with you”.
Moses has been selected to go to God’s people to lead them to freedom. God has heard their cry and has seen their suffering at the hands of their slave drivers. The God of justice will use Moses to guide the people to a “land flowing with milk and honey”. The plan all sounds great – except to Moses, who asks God,”Who am I…?”
In each of our communities there is certainly suffering. It may be caused by difficult financial situations or by things such as drugs or alcohol addiction. It might be caused by mental illness or by the past experiences caused by generational abuse of one type or another. It might be caused by prejudices and bigotry that keep a segment of the community on the outside looking in. There are people suffering due to events of nature and others suffer because of the actions and poor choices of individuals. There is no shortage of things that cause suffering. To some of us, God calls.
Just as Moses was called and sent by God, over the centuries God has called both prophets and ordinary people to speak words of hope and love and healing and, at time, hard words of truth. God has seen and will continue to see the suffering in our world and He has and will continue to send those who will lead the people away from sin or out of the oppression and suffering that they are enduring. Often the person has looked at the task ahead and questioned God and uttered some form of Moses’ “Who, me?”
Yet God reassures the doubtful and fearful Moses; Moses will not go alone. When we sense a call from God to lead someone to freedom or to offer relief from suffering, we do not go alone either. Just as God went with Moses, God will go with us as well. This is a promise we too can trust and lean into as we respond to the call that God has placed upon our hearts. Like Moses, may we find reassurance in these words: “And God said, ‘I will be with you'”.