On the regular, my son gets overwhelmed with little tasks he’s trying to accomplish. I mean, he’s getting bigger, but he ain’t big. Taller, but he ain’t tall. Coordinated… ok, we’re still a little lacking there, but hey, he’s trying.
The other day he was playing this game on an iPad and he couldn’t beat one level. Now this game is a game I dominate. I looked at it and told him, “You can do it.” He looked back and said, “No I can’t.” I told him, “Yes you can, and if you need, I can do this one for you!” You know, giving that encouragement he needed. He looked back at me and said, “It’s too hard! There’s no way… I give up.” Then, he walked out. No more game. No more fun. Sad right. One level. All the help he could want… but he gave up.
He’s not the first person to get overwhelmed. I mean, haven’t you lost perspective once or twice and what was in front of you became so big to you that you missed the help that was right there for you? We all have. Moses did.
The other day I was reading some of the account of Moses. In Exodus 4 God is calling Moses to go to Egypt, to lead the people out of captivity there… you know, to become the prince of Egypt. The encounter Moses has with God is so interesting. It says, “But Moses replied to the LORD, ‘Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent — either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant — because I am slow and hesitant in speech.’ Yahweh said to him, ‘Who made the human mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, Yahweh? Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say’!"
Moses is telling God why he can’t. God, himself, looks back at Moses and explains to him that He will be with him and the He can. Encouraging him. Filling him with faith. You’d think Moses would be like, “You’re right God, let’s do this!”. Wrong. Moses’ reply is ridiculous. In Exodus 4:13 it’s recorded, “Moses said, ‘Please Lord, send someone else’.” What? God wants to do great things through Moses, literally assures him victory, and Moses wants God to send someone else? How is this the same Moses we all know and make movies about? Moses forgot who was asking.
In verse 10 is says that Moses replied to the “LORD”. This ALL CAPS version of Lord literally reserved for God and God alone. It's a title that speaks to the power and provision in God alone. Moses forgot that, or at least neglected to remember that. He had gotten so overwhelmed by what was in front of him that he forgot WHO he was talking to. He had forgotten WHO was promising to him. He had lost sight of WHO was supposed to do all this. Not him. But the LORD.
What’s God been challenging you with? Could be to invite a friend to church… Could be to get involved in your city helping kids… Could be to start mentoring someone… Could be to start tithing… Could be to take a new job you’re being offered… Could be anything… Quit being overwhelmed by what’s in front of you, and start being overwhelmed by the ONE who's asking.