As I reflect on my spiritual journey - both historically and currently - if I am honest with myself, I sometimes tend to be a "runner." What I mean is that in the past, and sometimes currently, I try to run from the direction God is taking me or from the task God has called me to do. I love the stories of Moses, Gideon, Jonah, and others because I can relate to those guys. What I have come to realize through those stories is that although we can benefit and gain encouragement and perspective from their lives, ultimately those stories are about God. They magnify who He is and what He can do in and through us - in spite of us.
I have been reading through Exodus during my quiet times and was struck by God's words to Mosese to encourage and exhort him. In the preceding verses and chapters Moses had responded to God's calling and instructions with several "but's" - but they won't listen to me, but I'm not a good speaker, etc. In this passage God was shifting Moses perspepctive off of himself and onto His God. Notice I AM, I Have and I Will.
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country."
2 God also said to Moses, "I am the LORD. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, [a] but by my name the LORD [b] I did not make myself known to them. [c] 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
6 "Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.' "