For January 9, 2022
At the end of forty years in the wilderness’ backside, Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock. As a former candidate to succeed Pharaoh, he would have led a nation—Egypt—with all the glory and splendor that kingdom afforded. Yet he was now in isolation, and wasting time, or so he thought.
Then Moses saw something strange. The flames did not consume a bush burning with fire, and as he approached this miraculous sight, he heard God’s voice,
I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. Exodus 3:7-10 (NIV)
The Lord chose Moses to lead His chosen people from slavery to freedom; to a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Moses failed in an earlier attempt to deliver the Hebrew Nation when he killed an Egyptian.
Yet this humble sheepherder met his Lord in the Sinai Desert and his life would never be the same. Through consecrated and illustrious service, God used this transformed shepherd to be His exemplary model of service and dedication for the next forty years.
We have the ceremonial and judicial principles that influence our religious and social affairs. He exhibited a humility that Numbers 12:3 refers to him as “more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.”
The Lord will restore and use people who are humble, attentive, and willing. They may feel abandoned and isolated in their desolate wilderness experience. But His thoughts towards them are of peace, not evil; to give them an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
As we trust in Jesus for spiritual transformation, and rely on His Spirit to perfect His wisdom, knowledge, and strength in us, God will disclose our value and eternal purpose,
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
Let us wait on the Lord and trust in Him. He is faithful to ensure our glorious and successful outcome. Won’t you give Him your heart today?
What a wonderful Savior!