even you

I have instructed you today—even you—
so that your confidence may be in the Lord.  Proverbs 22:19

It was this verse and the two little words sandwiched in the middle that captured my thoughts this morning.

even you

There is something about those two words that serve up an additional heaping of hope to my heart. Those two words are like scoops of ice cream on a slice of pie. The verse would have been fine without them but with them…double delight!

I have instructed you today—even you—

Sometimes we read verses or stories in scripture and we forget that the lessons, the love, the promises, the truth, the discipline, the forgiveness, the hope, the redemption talked about apply to even us too. 

The question we hear Moses and David ask the Lord comes to mind.

Who am I, Lord?

But Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  Exodus 3:11

Then King David went in, sat in the Lord’s presence, and said, Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far?  2 Samuel 7:18

Who am I, Lord, that you would use me?
Who am I, Lord, that you would instruct me?

And then our hearts count all the reasons why we are unqualified, ill equipped, or unworthy.

But just as the Lord reminds Moses, He reminds us today too.

When I AM goes before you—even you—
When I AM sends you—even you—
When I AM instructs you —even you—
When I AM equips you—even you—

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