"So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you."
Moses made lots of excuses when God asked him to go and rescue the Israelites and bring them out of Egypt. He was nervous and scared, and definitely wasn't keen on going back to Egypt, after he had run away from there earlier in his life! But still, God told him to go.
The good news is that God didn't just leave Moses to do it by himself, he gave Moses lots of help. He taught him how to do some miraculous signs, and even let him take someone else with him, to help him speak to Pharaoh. You can read more about when God told Moses to go to Egypt by reading Exodus chapters 3 and 4.
Have you ever felt nervous about doing something big, new, or different?
Have you ever made an excuse so that you don't have to do it?
Sometimes we have to do things that we don't want to. What have you had to do this week that you didn't want to do? Was it cleaning your bedroom, going to school, washing the dishes, or maybe something else? Sometimes we don't want to do things because they are really difficult, like doing your homework, or inviting a friend to church for the first time. It's really easy to make excuses for the things we don't want to do...I'm too tired... it's too hard... what if I get it wrong... I don't want to... I'll do it tomorrow...
Sometimes in life we have to do things that are hard or difficult, and that can make us feel nervous or scared. What do you have to do this week that makes you feel nervous or scared? Write it down on a piece of paper.
God says that he will always be with us. He will never leave us. Ask God to help you in that situation this week. Now screw up the piece of paper and throw it away as a symbol of God taking away all of your worries.
Every time you see a piece of crumpled up paper this week, remember that God is with you.
Dear God, Please help me with the things I am struggling with this week. Help me to remember that, just like you were with Moses, you are also with me wherever I go, and whatever I do. Amen.