“Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?” “I’ll be with you,” God said. Exodus 3 “Peter broke in, “Even if everyone else falls to pieces on account of you, I won’t.” “Don’t be so sure,” Jesus said. Matthew 26

Two men deeply loved by God. One asking “Why me?” The other asking “Why not me?”

One, not so secretly longs to be somehow disqualified. The other is pretty sure he’s over-qualified.

One is confident the thing he’s being asked to do will not work. The other, knowing not what to do, is sure whatever needs to work, will.

One is “corrected” for not wanting to do what God is calling him to do. The other is corrected for being overly ready to do what he’s not being asked to do.

However, both will discover that only one thing matters. God’s engaged presence. EMMANUEL. In fact, Jesus’ answer to every fear, lack of resource, impossible circumstance, or overwhelming temptation is Himself.

Where Jesus is, our freedom to live as we are created by God to live flourishes, and our bondage to those things holding us back shrivels.

Moses learned this. Peter learned it as well.

As for me? I’m learning. Some days I forget. On those days, Jesus’ kindness toward me is amazing. He has placed me with others who help me remember. They help me hear the faith producing voice of Jesus.

[your name here], I am with you when you don’t know what to do. And [your name here], you better believe I’m with you when you think you do:-)

Over and out.

Can you think of a time where you wondered “Why not me?” A time when you thought more highly of yourself and your ability than you should have? As a spouse? As a friend? As a parent?

Can you think of something God has asked, or is asking you to do that makes you wonder, “Why me?”

When are you most likely to FORGET that it is the presence of Jesus, EMMANUEL, that makes all the difference. Do you have people who help you REMEMBER? What does His presence look like in your life?