Lesson 2 – God is with Us in Our Uncertainty
Uncertainty vs. Inability
This lesson speaks of God being with us in our uncertainty. I would argue that both stories mentioned, Moses and Gideon, have far more to do with inability rather than uncertainty. I say this because the Bible is never about great people who do great things. It is about ordinary people who are used by God to accomplish great things. In other words, the Bible is about the mighty acts of God and not about the mighty acts of men and women who are used by God. And it is not just about God equipping people, but it is about God bringing about miracles and the people God uses in those miracles. It is not only God working in and through them, but beside them and apart from them.
Exodus 3 does indeed show Moses arguing with God about Moses’ qualifications. He is not uncertain about his abilities. He is certain that he does not have the power and ability to free the people. This is an accurate assessment of his gifts and talents. At the time God charges Moses with the liberation of the Israelites, Moses has no magic powers, no oratorical prowess and no army. Therefore, God gives him tools:
Judges 6 shows us that Gideon was ill prepared to be a military leader. He is secretly threshing his wheat in order to not have it stolen by the Canaanites and Amorites. As with most farmers he is not a warrior and has not been trained as such. In addition, there was no standing Israelite army and no king to gather people together to fight (all of Israel’s enemies had kings around whom the people could rally). All of this meant that his arguments with God are not based in uncertainty, but with his inability to do as God commanded. Therefore, God gives him tools:
The author uses Michelangelo as an example of someone who was uncertain. The difference between this story and the two stories above is that Michelangelo was an artist. He had studied drawing and painting. He had the tools. Neither Moses or Gideon had the tools. They were therefore, honest about not being able to accomplish the task. They were unable to accomplish the task on their own. Yet with God beside them and with the tools they were given (often other people), they could accomplish the tasks to which they were called.