Monday, December 10, 2012

Perspective

  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Imagine leading a group of constant complainers for over forty years!  They lack faith in your boss, they sneak and lie and steal, imagine leading a group of people like that.  Oh my. I am not sure I would have lasted all that time without wringing their little necks!

Welcome to Moses' life.  He certainly had his hands full. God however had a plan and that plan was for Moses to learn to love this ragtag group of rotten people.  He went from not wanting to lead to laying his own life on the line for this group.  What an amazing transformation we get to witness of his life. He was a faithful servant for God's people.  For all the sweat, blood, and I am guessing plenty of tears he doesn't get the prize at the end of the journey.

I use to think that God was cruel in not allowing Moses to enter the promised land. There is a famous painting of Moses on the  mountain looking down on the promised land with such sorrow on his face.  As I grew and studied and learned more about God my thinking has changed. Moses had learned a different perspective.  He knew this tent of his was only temporary.  Look with me at Hebrews 11, the great hall of faith.

 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25  choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. Heb 11:24-28.

Did you catch it?  He was looking to the reward and the reward was not the earthly promised land. He had the perspective of God.  Oh, sweet one, it did not happen overnight.  He had to endure the kings wrath, the plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea which was no easy task when you consider he had around a million people to lead.  He endured rejection and betrayal and learned valuable lessons along the way.

There is much to emulate in Moses.  Next time I want to share a Psalms that scholars think was written while standing on the mountain and looking out over the promised land.  A very unique perspective.

What can you and I learn from Moses?  Think about it.  Till next time.
In Christ Alone,
Jill




Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

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