But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:11-14
When a man has the wrong focus, he asks the wrong questions.
Questions reveal the values and focus of a man. Ponder the last meeting you were a part of. Maybe a simple family gathering, a sophisticated business meeting, or a meet up with a few friends. What kinds of questions floated around the conversation? When a boss talks about nothing but how you spend your finances in your department, there’s a good chance he places a high value on money. The uncle who asks about your job and personal life with great sincerity demonstrates a deep concern for you as a man. And in the story above, Moses shows us where his focus may be misaligned.
Look closely at the first question asked by Moses. The phrase, “Who am I?” should indicate to you that Moses was thinking about himself. God is incredibly patient with him, redirecting attention back to where it should rightfully be. The next question is a little less obvious but does tip the reader off to what Moses is thinking. His primary concern here is what to do when the people question him. The focus is on God’s people, not God. Two simple questions that reveal a leader concerned with self and people rather than God. As you move about your week, reflect on the issues you have. Use questions as a reminder to set your eyes on God.