It had been a lot of years. Moses had become quite the shepherd. He could move a flock of hardheaded and stubborn sheep as well as any. As Moses was leading the sheep on this day, God had a bigger job than He could ever imagine. He was going to make Moses the ultimate shepherd of a very stubborn flock. All Moses had to do was go back to Egypt where he was a wanted man and tell Pharaoh to let Egypt’s work force leave. No big deal, Right?
It was at that moment Moses asked the big question, “When I approach these folks and they ask who this God is that you represent, what is your name?” It is then that God says I AM. What a big statement. God did not need to be named, He simply is the God, the master of the universe. I AM would make His presence known and His authority obvious. He did not need a bunch of marketing or press build up; God was confident in HIs place in the universe.
I AM was telling Moses he did not have to vouch for God. He simply had to go and be an advocate and a shepherd of Israel. Make no mistake, this was no small task. Moses would find over the next generation that this was the biggest and most difficult mission Moses could have received. Still, God had prepared Moses for this mission and as Mordecai told Esther, “Perhaps God has prepared you for such a time as this.”
God takes His time developing His leaders to complete the missions He has laid out. There is never a question of God’s ability or timing, The only question is our willingness to trust the Lord, and follow along. If we trust God, He will develop us from where we are to where He needs us to be. It will take time and not ever proceed as we would plan. In the end, however, the Lord’s way will be right, and we will be blessed for following Him and His plan.
God Bless You
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro,[a] the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai,[b] the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. 3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”
4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
“Here I am!” Moses replied.
5 “Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father[c]—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.
7 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. 9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”
13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”
14 God replied to Moses, “I am who i am.[d] Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh,[e] the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.
This is my eternal name,