Questioning God

“I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” That first question led to many more for Moses.

Once drawn in, he was confronted and commissioned by God to be ambassador to Pharaoh on behalf of enslaved Israel. Immediately, Moses began to question God. He questioned …
  • ·       God’s choice, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh?”
  • ·       God’s word, (But) “What if they do not believe me listen to me?”
  • ·       God’s enablement, “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor  since you have spoken to your servant.”

I get Moses … I understand his questions. There have been many times when I have had similar misgivings about God’s ability to use me. Let that soak in! When we focus on ourselves, the obstacles or the audience … we end up asking outrageous questions of God … like “Are you able?”

I’m grateful for a questioning God. He asked Moses three types of questions that every Christian needs to hear:

What’s in your hand? When Moses doubted that anyone would take him seriously, God asked, “What is that in your hand?” A wooden staff became a writhing serpent from which Moses ran. Something Moses had within his grasp, something he viewed as ordinary, became extraordinary when relinquished to God.

Who made you?  When Moses lamented his powers of communication, God asked, “Who gave man his mouth?” The point is crystal clear, the Creator knows best the capabilities of his creature. If the Designer of the human tongue says, “You will be my witness … to the ends of the earth,” we assume nothing about our abilities, but rather trust wholly in the enabling power of His Spirit.

Who is on your side? When Moses persisted in fixating on his own capabilities, or lack thereof, God showed him that he had allies. God put Moses in partnership with his brother Aaron, so he didn’t have to face Pharaoh alone. This human support was grace upon grace, because God’s first word to Moses should have been enough. Remember Moses’ question, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh?” God did not answer that query with a moral boosting pep talk … but with the greatest words of strength anyone could ever hear … “I will be with you.”

I’m not expecting you to see any flaming bushes … but every believer in Jesus Christ has some clear callings on their life backed up by clear promises about God’s enabling presence. What ordinary resources do you possess that could be radically transformed by obedience? What could you surrender to the hands of your Creator? What could you accomplish for the Kingdom in His power and in the company of His people?