Feelings of Inadequacy
Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 3-5; Luke 22
Today’s Key Passage – Exodus 4:1-17
Even people who do not know much about God or the Bible have likely heard of Moses. Most people, if questioned, could probably tell you a little bit about him, as he is one of the great heroes of the Bible. What many people might not know, however, is how much Moses struggled with feelings of inadequacy. When God first told him His plans for Moses, his reaction was one of shock as he asked God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) In today’s key passage, we see these feelings of inadequacy as Moses struggles with the tasks God has asked him to do. He is worried that people will not believe that he talked to God. He is worried that he will not be able to speak well to others. Basically, Moses does not feel that he is the right man for the job. As he worries about what the future might hold, he focuses on all of the worst-case scenarios that might happen, and struggles to understand how he will possibly be able to do what God is asking him to do.
Most people, at one time or another will feel inadequate. There are times when many of us will struggle with what God is calling us to do, and we might feel like we are not worthy or capable to do much to help God build His Kingdom. I know when I felt called to start this blog, I struggled with these feelings of inadequacy just as Moses did. I worried that I did not know enough. I worried that I would not be able to find something to write about or even find the time to write every day. I even worried that I might accidentally write something that was not “Scripturally sound” and might lead others in the wrong direction. After all, who am I to write about God and the Bible every day?
What I have learned, though, is that God does not call us to do something without giving us the tools to do it. God gave Moses the ability to perform miraculous signs to ensure others would believe him. He gave Moses the words to speak, and even allowed Aaron to help him. Moses had no reason to fear the future or worry about his own inadequacies because God was with him and was willing and able to help. Just as He did with Moses, God has provided me with the tools I need to do His work through this blog. Every day, He has given me topics to write about and the words to use, and every day He has reminded me that I should not have been so concerned about my own feelings of inadequacy. The fact is that all of us are absolutely inadequate when compared to God. Fortunately, God works through each of us and gives us the ability to do the work He asks us to do. He provides us with all the right tools at exactly the right time to make sure we can accomplish His goals. The next time you are feeling inadequate or wondering, “who am I to do this”, remember that God will help you every step of the way. He will guide you and lead you down the right paths if you are willing to follow Him. God can cure your inadequacies and heal your weaknesses. All He asks is that we are willing to do what He says and trust in Him to help. Never let the fear of your shortcomings keep you from doing great things for God.
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Posted on January 22, 2013, in 02 - Exodus and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, God, God's Character, Humility, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Service. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.