Some may have said that he was born at the wrong time in the wrong place, but God had other plans. In the Lord’s great humor and irony, the man who would have killed this child at birth became his adopted grandfather.
Moses’ story has great twists and turns, from the reeds of the Nile to the palace of Pharaoh. But Moses wasn’t destined to be a prince of Egypt. Instead, he ended up as a shepherd in the wilderness. However, God didn’t leave Moses in the wilderness. On the contrary, the Lord was using the twists and turns of Moses’ life to ultimately lead him to the top of Mount Sinai and there change his life forever.
The destination was Sinai, but the journey was what made Moses into the man God destined him to be. Through the pages of Exodus, we’ll see an arrogant prince humbled and flee to the desert. But years later, we’ll find that that same man will need to learn boldness and courage to confront the most powerful ruler on earth.
Moses needed to get rid of his pride and selfishness and instead take hold of the authority and power that only comes from the Lord. He needed to learn compassion and patience as he dealt with a stubborn and ungrateful people. But as we follow his footsteps, we’ll find that Moses did all of this. From the reeds of the Nile to the top of Mount Sinai, we see a man transformed. The most unlikely hero became the deliverer of Israel.
This is the power of God. And the story of how He takes the most unusual vessels and uses them mightily for His kingdom and glory.
In many ways, Moses’ story should sound familiar because it is much like our own. For God is working on empting us of ourselves—our pride and selfishness—and filling us with His power. He’s leading us on a journey towards our own Mount Sinai. The same God who used Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt with great signs and miracles has a glorious plan for our lives to use us mightily for His kingdom.
So what part of the journey are we currently on? Are we in the middle of the wilderness? Is God working on humbling us or are we learning to be bold in the Spirit and courageous by the power of God?
As we study Moses’ life and amazing journey from the palace of the greatest ruler in the world to the mouthpiece and beholder of the glory of the great I AM, may we examine our lives and discover the parallels between the story of Moses and the story God is writing in us.
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