How would we react if we happened upon a burning bush and were, just as spontaneously, asked to lead the Jewish nation out of Egypt? Well, Moshe Rabbeinu's reaction was to claim that he is not the right man for the job: "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should take the Children of Israel out of Egypt?" (Shemot 3:11.)
Perhaps equally noteworthy is HaShem's response to Moshe in the next Pasuk: "And He said, 'For I shall be with you...". Instead of assuring Moshe that he is, in fact, the right man for the job, HaShem uses a different tactic, namely telling Moshe that He will be with him. Great Chassidic leader the Chozeh of Lublin(1745-1815) learns from here a fundamental lesson in good communication. When someone says something you disagree with, do not contradict the person; doing so will just create more resistance and cause him/her to feel more misunderstood. HaShem's response validated Moshe's feelings and at the same time achieved His goal of recruiting Moshe for the great task of leading the Jewish people.
Rabbi Michael Macks will be contributing weekly divrei torah as he is able