Why Me?

Isaiah 6:8

Why should a troubled world trouble me? Can’t I close my ears and shut my eyes? After all, what can one person do? And anyway, why must that person be me?

Why me? That question was asked by Moses when God called him: “Who am I, that I should go?” (Exodus 3:11). He might have said, “I don’t like the crowds and the clamor and the complications of Egypt. I like the peace of the desert. Why me?” It was the attitude of one who feels inadequate, even fearful. Why me? The answers are given.

First of all, Moses was a man with a cause. It was God’s cause. The Lord said,

“I have indeed seen the misery of My people… I have heard them crying out… I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them” (Exodus 3:7-8). God wanted Moses’ help. It was already Moses’ cause. He too had seen and heard and knew the distress of his people. He had taken his stand with the oppressed. Even though Moses had run away and hidden in the desert, his heart still cared about the slaves in Egypt. Moses was a man with a cause.

Then, Moses was a man with a call. God said, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). It is not enough to recognize a great and worthy cause. There are many such in the world today. We must do more than see a need. We must sense and acknowledge a call which is positive and personal. Such calls seldom come with the dramatic vividness of Moses’ revelation, but however a call may come, God has a task for you and me.

Finally, Moses was a man with a Companion. And that is the best part of it. God said, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). And He was: through the Exodus and the wilderness, all the way and every day. From personal experience Moses would later say, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). God’s promise to every believer is the same: “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Moses was a man with a cause, a call and a Companion. He knew where he was going, what he was going for and with whom he was going.

What about your life? In the absence of a burning bush, will you face this burning question: “Who will help to heal the open sore of the world?”

Bramwell Tripp, Big Themes in Small Portions

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