I went to the beach last week. Susan, myself Lorna, Tyler, and my granddaughter Lillian went to California to visit with Susan’s Mom. I’m not a big California fan, but there are a couple of things that really grab attention while I’m there; the giant sequoias, the mountains of Yosemite, and the beach at Santa Cruz. We didn’t have time to travel to Yosemite this trip, so I escaped to the beach.
Santa Cruz is know as “Surf City, USA” according to Surfer magazine. The power of the waves and the swells break perfectly for surfing. It is amazing watching those athletes “catch a wave”. For me, however it is not about the surfing; it’s about the power, the sounds of water crashing against the rocks, the foam, the smell, all of it put together makes for a dramatic demonstration of God’s marvelous handy work. What a wonderful place to have devotions. Each morning as the sun was rising on the Eastern bay, I would settle in to the read my Bible, write down some thoughts, and pray. It is amazing the inspiration that bubbles up with those stimulating surroundings moving you.
Here’s a thought. This week, take an hour, go outdoors, under a tree, by stream or pond, sit on a rock or anywhere you feel creation. See what happens. Allow the God of the universe to speak to you. I think, as I was last week, you will be amazed.
Experiencing God through His creation,
“The Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.'” Exodus 3:11-12
I can’t tell you how many times I have echoed Moses’ question: “Who am I that you have chosen me?” The context of this chapter is that God has called Moses and told him that he is to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. That’s a huge undertaking! It’s a daunting task that Moses doesn’t feel qualified to do.
God’s response to Moses is the thing that amazes me most though. God doesn’t build Moses up with words of how great Moses is. He doesn’t say, “What do you mean Moses? You’re awesome, you’ve totally got this.” All God says to Moses is, “I am with you.” My mom used to have this old saying:
“God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”
I think this example from Moses’ life is the best evidence that supports that claim. Moses definitely doesn’t feel like he is qualified to lead the Israelites, yet with those four words, “I am with you,” he is instantly qualified because God said so.
Is there something in your life that God is calling you to do but you don’t feel qualified? Just remember that God is with you and that makes you qualified.
~PASTOR ADAM JONES