Read Exodus 3
Focus on verse 11
There are times when it is a good thing to be chosen, like when when there is a drawing at the office for a free week of vacation. And then, there are times when we are hoping we are not chosen, like when the department manager is assigning bathroom cleaning duty. It is at these later sort of times that we often find ourselves thinking “why me?” Typically we tend to assume that we must have done something wrong to deserve whatever it is that has beset us, when in fact, it may well be that it is exactly because we have done everything right.
In today’s reading God appears to Moses in a burning bush to inform Moses that he won the “who gets to lead My people out of Egypt” lottery. Moses spends the next few verses trying to get out of the assignment.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”(v. 11)
The Lord patiently explains how He will use Moses to face down Pharaoh and Moses keeps making excuses. It’s not that the Lord did not know that Moses would do this; God is not surprised by our lack of confidence in His ability to use us.
God is also consistently patient with us. I can think of more than a few occasions where I have heard, at least in my mind if not from my lips the words “why me Lord, what did I do wrong to deserve this?” I suspect there may have been a few more occasions in the life of Moses during the trek across the desert where he may have asked that question a few times as well. We have this notion that because God has chosen us for a task, and that because He has said He will be with us in it, that we should somehow be exempt from any difficult or painful situations because God is with us, or worse, that if we do encounter difficulties that He has abandoned us or that we have offended Him.
I have since come to believe that asking “why me” is actually a fairly natural response when we find ourselves in a situation where we feel out of control. Furthermore, it is exactly in these out of our control situations that we have an opportunity to grow in faith and learn to relinquish our control more fully to the Lord.