2008-06-23 - Moses: Leaving Behind the Familiar
Moses, like all human beings, didn't always obey God's laws. When he thought no one was looking, Moses killed an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew, one of his own people - and then he hid the body. When Pharaoh, Moses' adopted grandfather, found out what Moses had done, he threatened to kill his grandson. Moses ran away and left the luxury he became accustomed to as a member of the royal family.
If we had to give up all the comforts of home, could we in exchange for a life filled with struggle and uncertainty? Could we live out the sentiment found in Philippians 4:19? "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (NIV) How often do we go out on a limb and trust God to be our security?
Many of us strive for a better life similar to the one Moses experienced, living in a palace, and daily eating gourmet meals. We want to see how the other half lives, even though material possessions can never fulfill us or make us completely happy.(Ecclesiastes 2:4-11)
Was Moses a martyr or a saint? Hardly. His anger caused him to sin, which set forth a life on the run, leaving behind his royal status. But God didn't hold Moses' past against him. Once it was safe to return to Egypt, God sent Moses back to his homeland, and he became the Israelites' leader and deliverer, and was given the rare privilege of seeing God face-to-face.
Even though Moses encountered roadblocks, he defended the rights of the Hebrew people. Moses' faith and God's commitment sustained him.
Lord, please don't let me feel that You have abandoned me. To be honest, I lack the energy to complete all that's in front of me. Equip me for the task at hand, so I may bless and encourage others. Help me keep the faith. Please control the directions and be my map-reader. Tell me the destination, and I will go. Please don't remain silent along this journey. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.