Robert D Pace
A Revelation of God
God has an assignment for you and you should never doubt that! But accomplishing that assignment transcends looking inward and evaluating your talents, gifts, resources, and self-worth. While each is important, the heroes of the Bible often accomplished their assignments as they looked outside themselves and discovered a revelation of God. It began with the father of our Faith—Abraham—and continued throughout the Old Testament. Moses was exemplary in employing this principle.
From a burning bush, the invisible God commissioned Moses to liberate Israel from the mightiest monarchy on Earth—Egypt. Knowing this was a momentous undertaking, he gazed into those flames and asked, “Whom should I say sends me?” God said, “Tell anyone who asks, “I Am that I Am” sends you.” As Moses obeyed, he discovered God’s Name was enough. It rendered Egypt helpless, rolled apart the Red Sea, and released Israel from 400 years of captivity.
But once emancipated, Moses needed more from God in leading the Israelis into the Promised Land. Thus, he continued his pursuit of God. He says, “Lord, you told me to lead these people, but I need additional information. Show me your glory” [Paraphrased] (Exodus 33:12–18). So, from the cleft of a rock, Moses watched God pass by and announce the wonders of his name. “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, (7) maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin” [NIV] (34:6—7). As the “I am” God had assured Moses that his omnipotence was enough, but here he discloses his moral perfection. Perfect in character, God would remain ever-faithful to an erring, but chosen, people.
Thus, it is clear. A person with an assignment from God needs a vivid revelation of God. That’s because our successes do not reside in who we are they reside in who God is! And God is always enough: Jehovah-Rapha; Jehovah-Shalom; Jehovah-Rohi; Jehovah-Shammah; etc. That means you can ignore your weaknesses because, as Paul said, “Our adequacy is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:6). And an ounce of faith in God is greater than a ton of confidence in yourself!