The inadequacy of inadequacy


Do you ever feel who you are just isn’t enough? Inadequacy and I are good friends, particularly when I’m looking for a reason to say no: “I could never do that. After all, who am I?” But I’ve discovered this line isn’t original. One of the greatest leaders of all time used it and God conclusively answered the question.

I will be with you. It’s not about who we are or what we do; it’s about who He is.

Moses is just a shepherd. His job isn’t a high-profile, high-energy or high-paying one. Worse, he’s been stuck in it for 40 years.

Then one day an unusual desert fire catches his attention and his life is changed forever. God has this message: “There’s a job vacancy and I’ve volunteered you for it.” That might have been flattering if the job wasn’t so impossible. God tells the man who’d done nothing but herd sheep for 40 years, “Go back to Egypt, where you’re on the wanted list, and lead a nation out of there.”

Well, Moses isn’t so sure he wants to volunteer! Imagine being asked to headline a concert at the Sydney Opera House when you haven’t played for 40 years, or being asked to lead an evangelistic series when you haven’t led anyone to Jesus. Moses says to God, “Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11, NLT) In other words, “What makes you think I could do the job?” Now if you ask someone that question, they’ll likely begin listing your abilities (with a few extras thrown in for good measure), but what’s God’s answer? “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12, NLT).

I will be with you. It’s not about who we are or what we do; it’s about who He is.

The challenge: be willing to go beyond your abilities because God is with you. Remember, “If you set a goal you already know how to accomplish, it probably isn’t big enough!” (Christian minister and author, Rick Warren)

* Views represented in Opinion are not necessarily those of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Bethany Turner studies at Avondale College of Higher Education.