Why "With You"?

So, you may be wondering, why is “With You” the name of this blog?

The last few years, I’ve really come to love the story of Moses’ call to go to Egypt, found in Exodus 3. 

God called Moses to something big. Really big. God was asking Moses - well, no, more like telling Moses - to go to Pharaoh, this powerful leader of a powerful nation, and demand that he let the people of Israel go free. Moses’ people, the Israelites, were slaves in Egypt. They were the worker bees, in a sense, of the Egyptian economy, and Moses was supposed to tell Pharaoh to just…let them go.

And Moses responds in such a relatable way. He comes up with excuses. He focuses on his inadequacies. He says, “I’m not a good speaker. I’m not qualified.”

In Exodus 3:11, Moses says to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

In other words, “Why me, God? Find someone more qualified!”

You can imagine that, in those moment, Moses felt very small. He felt under-qualified and under-prepared. 

But God’s response is so beautiful. God simply says, “I will be with you.”

Moses felt like he wasn’t up to the job. Moses felt the big-ness of what God was asking him to do, and he was scared. And rightly so!

But God says, “I will be with you.” You don’t have to be afraid, Moses. You don’t have to be qualified. Because I will be with you.

And that’s all you need.

I have to admit, when I think about what I just agreed to in taking this call to start a new church, it feels very big. And, quite often, I feel incredibly small. I feel under-prepared and under-qualified for this big, big task put in front of me. 

Before we took this call, I asked that same question of God over and over and over. “Who am I that I should go?”

And so, I cling to the promise that God gave to Moses, and I trust that it’s the same promise He gives to me. To all of us. “I will be with you.” 

So, mostly as a reminder to myself as we take these new, big steps on this new, big journey - I made the title of my blog “With You.” And I pray for the strength to never let go of that promise.