We can’t blame Moses for asking the first question he asked God: “Who am I to do this?” Was Moses’ question rooted in humility? Likely. But the point God made to Moses in response was basically this: it wasn’t humble enough. Implicit in Moses’ question was the thinking that he would be the primary actor, that he would be the one to carry out God’s plan. Moses’ mistake was to use the same pronoun: “Who am I that I should go?” (v. 11). But God had placed the emphasis on Himself (vv. 7-10). Although Moses’ question was not devoid of humility, with his eyes on himself, it was not humble enough.
And so, God in His kindness redirected Moses back to the One he should have been focused on: The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In essence, God was saying: “Moses, you missed it. It’s not about you. It’s not about what you can do or might do. It’s about Me. It’s about what I can do and what I will do.” That was what Moses needed to understand in this call, and it is what we need to understand as well. As Christians, our service to our King is not based on who we are. It’s not based on how smart we are, how dedicated we are, or how talented we are. Sure, God has given us all those gifts to be used by Him, but that’s the point—God is the primary actor, not us.
What are some ways you tend to rely on yourself instead of on God?