The Most Common Response When God Calls

Sometimes I feel like a fraud.

Whether it’s Satan or just my own insecurity, in the dark moments I hear the voices:

You’ll never succeed as a writer.
Who are you to write a book?

Yet what keeps me coming back to the keyboard even on those dark days is the sense of purpose I get from the act of writing.

Trey Ratcliff (CC)

God has called me to write.

But my insecurities are not unique to me. In fact, the response is quite common. Take Moses.

God had in mind a special purpose for this son of Amram of the Levite tribe. You might say Moses was a man of destiny having miraculously survived the knife of Pharaoh. Not only did he survive, but his own would-be executioner’s daughter raised him.

She called him Moses because she drew him out of the water. Many years later God drew him out of the wilderness at Horeb.

But when the smoldering shrub told Moses in no uncertain terms what it wanted Moses to do—nothing short of freeing God’s people from Egypt—Moses had the most common response we all have when God calls us:

Who am I?

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exo. 3:11).

Knowing the end of the story, we know exactly who Moses is. He’s the boss. The judge. The (human) author of the first five books of the Bible. The (human) leader of God’s people. Friend of God.

So this question, Who am I, seems silly.

But we all ask it, don’t we?

Remember this: when God calls you to something, Who am I? is an irrelevant question. The more important question is, "Who are You God?"

Because if you believe God is all-knowing, then He knows you're the right person for the job.

And if you believe God is all-powerful, then He can use you, despite your limitations.

You just need to say yes and trust in God, the Great I Am.


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  1. It is so easy to focus on our limitations and forget that the it is not about us, but about God. Thanks for the encouraging words today!


  2. I find I alternate between feelings of grandiosity, like "Of course God called me. I'm awesome," to total fear and freak out, like, "He's totally got the wrong girl. I am going to mess this up bad." Both sides of pride and like you said, failing to acknowledge God is God. I also feel like my fear of losing my reputation plays into it too. But then, not much to lose there. LOL.

    1. Yes, I sway back and forth too. And I think Moses did too. Remember when he struck the rock? When he killed the Egyptian? Both times he was trying to take matters into his own hands. Then we get the burning bush scene when he says, "send someone else."

      At least we can take solace in the fact that God doesn't make mistakes.