ODJ: one before the other

May 31, 2013 

READ: Exodus 3:1-15 

Who am I? (v.11).

The question I felt needed to be answered affirmatively before I married Miska was this: Can I live without her? My intentions were romantic and chivalrous, but my focus was dead wrong. I discovered that there was probably nobody that I literally could not live without. In time I found the better question to ask myself: Do I want to live without Miska?

Moses discovered that finding the right answers required asking the right questions. He had run far from home, and 40 years later he’d lost his identity. God found Moses in the desert and spoke to him out of a burning bush. He spoke of Moses’ history and of Israel under Egypt’s iron hand. “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt,” He said (Exodus 3:7). God had not forgotten Israel, and He had not forgotten Moses. God told Moses that He had chosen him to return to Egypt, confront Pharaoh’s empire and lead Israel out of bondage.

Incredulous and afraid, Moses answered with a barrage of words protesting: “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people?” (v.11). Who am I? Moses asked. It was an honest query; but whatever the answer, he was sure he was not the one to do what God had asked of him.

Rather than answer Moses directly, God responded, “I will be with you” (v.12). Then God gave His name: “I Am Who I Am”, a mysterious name declaring that God is always God—eternity past to eternity future (v.14). Wherever humans go, God always precedes.

Before Moses could know who he was, he needed to know who God was. Only then could Moses discover his own identity and the courage he needed.—Winn Collier

What do these verses tell you about God’s character? (1 Chronicles 29:11-13; Psalm 36:5-7; Romans 1:18-20). Why is it essential to know God’s identity before we discover our own?
How do you answer the question Who am I? How can you put yourself in a posture to hear who God is, so that you can know who you are?