Day 23 – MOSES – THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND
Today’s thought is shared by Steve Hannah…
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
When you think of being transformed, you probably don’t immediately think about Moses. But, let’s take a minute to reflect on his life. Hebrews 11:24-26 tells us that, “by faith, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”
Moses grew up in a life of luxury as an Egyptian prince. He had every earthly possession at his fingertips. But, he was seeking something deeper. Although he was raised in the royal household, his own Israelite mother took care of him. He felt a stirring for his own people when he saw their oppression at the hands of his own Egyptian family. He tried to take matters into his own hands and killed someone. This moment changed his whole future. He fled and spent forty years in Midian. Another defining moment for Moses was when God appeared to him in the burning bush. We all know the rest of the story: the plagues, the Passover, the wandering in the wilderness, etc. Let’s focus on how Moses changed. He went from a spoiled prince to a hero for God’s people who spent years wandering the desert. If Moses had not listened to his mother’s teaching and God’s calling from the bush, where would the Israelites have ended up? Moses gave up his royal life in order to obey God’s will and help fulfill the promise of Abraham.
Dear God, please help us to have a listening ear like Moses and a willing heart to answer when you call us to do your will, even if it means we have to give up earthly pleasures. In Jesus name, Amen