I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. (Ex. 7:1)

The first day of a new job can make you wonder why you ever felt qualified to apply! Once you get past the excitement of meeting your coworkers, seeing your name on a door, and settling at your desk, the reality of the work sets in. You observe, read, ask questions, try for yourself, and by the end of the day, your heart wonders if you’ll retain anything when you return for day two.

Moses felt that way when God called him to approach Pharaoh. Can you blame him? As exciting as it was to be chosen by God for an important task, Moses felt completely unqualified. Public speaking wasn’t his gift, and Pharaoh didn’t come with a compassionate reputation. How could Moses do the impossible task?

God had an answer ready: “I have made you.” God had already worked out the details so Moses would be like God to Pharaoh. He had also prepared Aaron to be a co-laborer with Moses, to do what his brother could not. God made them, gifted them, and commissioned them to serve him.

He does the same for us. We may feel overwhelmed with what lies before us, but God himself has gifted us to do the tasks he calls us to complete. All we have to do is step forward in obedience and trust him to empower the gifts he’s given us.

Remember that God has gifted, equipped, and empowered you to serve him.

Bekah Shaffer lives in Kokomo, Indiana, and enjoys endless coffee, scrapbooking, speaking, and planning adventures with her husband, Ryan.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.