“ ‘Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ ” Exodus 3:10-11
When I was in elementary school, maybe first or second grade, I remember my mom, she was the lower grade teacher in the church school I attend, making a big point out of the statement that there were “no stupid questions.”
Here’s the thing. I know what she meant and I wholly support the intent behind the message of the statement. No one should be thought stupid for having questions and they should not be marked as stupid for asking them.
That being said, I believe that mom was wrong. Sorry mom. There are stupid questions and unfortunately people, even very smart people, ask them all the time.
Take Moses for instance. By all accounts he was a very intelligent man; a gifted public speaker, writer, leader, and judge. Yet on the day when Moses was standing before the burning bush and the creator God of the entire universe was talking to him telling him his plans and how he wanted him to play an important role in leading the children of Israel out of Egypt the best thing he could think of to say was, and I quote, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Come on Moses. Why not you? What makes you think that you need to be some prize catch in order for God to call you? Whether or not God calls you has more to do with who he is and what he knows he can do with you and through you than it does what you can do on your own. The only qualities we need to make progress with any task God sets us to is the ability to listen when he tells us what needs to be done and the capacity to rely on him for sustaining power as we faithfully follow his instructions.
But in the end it’s not so much about God needing us. God doesn’t really need us. God wants us and in my way of thinking being wanted is far better than being needed.
What does he want us for? He wants us to be with him, to work with him, to talk with him, to play with him, to worship him, to love him as much as he loves us.
So when God comes to us and tells us that he’s got something he wants us to do it’s kind of stupid to say, “Who am I…?” I think it’s even more stupid to pat ourselves on the back and say, “Why not me…?”
We need to smarten up and look away from ourselves and realize that it’s more about God and what he’s doing than it is about us and what we’re capable of. Whatever he asks us to do is an indication of what he’s prepared to accomplish through us today. He wants us to do this thing with him, WITH HIM!, and he’s giving us the opportunity to chose to be a part of it or not.
Do you want to be with God? Do you want to work with God?
It’s time to stop raising objections and asking stupid questions and say, “Yes.”