What do we do when God doesn’t give us a plan to accomplish a task He has called us to?

By Nicole Carson

I have been training in ballet since I was three years old. Sometimes guest choreographers would come in to my studio and choreograph one of our dances for a performance. When they began teaching a dance, they showed an idea of the movement they expected of us. One time after watching a “sneak preview” of what we would be learning, I told myself, “There is no way my body can do that…” I was overwhelmed.

I must have had a scared look on my face because the choreographer looked at me and remarked, “What? Do you think I’m not going to explain and help you? I’m your choreographer.”

I remember smiling because of course she would teach the material. Of course she would explain the movement. She’s the choreographer. That’s her job.

Now, switching gears a little to the Bible… (It’s a blog about Jesus; of course I’m going to switch gears.)

We read in Exodus 3:10 that God commands Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. If I were Moses, I would have had his same response. Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

Moses felt inadequate for the job God was calling him to do.

What makes you feel inadequate? Is God calling you to share the Gospel with a friend and you’re worried you won’t say the right thing? Do you have a busy week ahead and you don’t know how you’re going to get everything done? Is He calling you to set yourself apart, make an unpopular decision, or speak truth into someone’s life? 

Just like I felt inadequate to complete the choreography, Moses felt inadequate for the huge and important task God was asking of him. Moses nervously asked God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:14).

God doesn’t reveal to Moses the plan to accomplish the task; He reveals Himself.

God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am” (Exodus 3:14).

My choreographer wasn’t going to leave me hanging. If she said she was my choreographer, of course I could trust that she would do her job and teach me the choreography. And God is even greater than that. He is all-powerful and sovereign, and, therefore, tells Moses (in a nutshell), “What I am is whatever I need to be to fulfill the promises I’ve made to you.”

God may present you with a task so huge you look at it, become scared, disqualify your own abilities, and decide to ignore or turn away from what God has asked of you. However, it is not about our qualifications. It is all about HIS ABILITY to fulfill His promises in our lives. We get to surrender and fully rely on God to complete the task He’s called us to through His power and strength.

I want to challenge you to ask God to give you a life filled of opportunities to do things that seem crazy and impossible. When you take hold of these tasks, not only will you experience the work of God’s love and power in your life, people will take notice and say, “There’s no way you could have done that by yourself,” and you get to say, “Let me tell you about my God.”

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