Updated: Jan 7, 2019
FAITH OVER FEAR
Deuteronomy 34:10-12“But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel”
The Story Of Moses
After fleeing Egypt as a fugitive for having killed an Egyptian, Moses came to Midian, where he met Reuel and his seven daughters.
The scripture record tells us: “Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses”. Several decades passed until the king of Egypt died. During that time the servitude of the Israelite's became even more burdensome so that they groaned and cried out because of their bondage
Hearing the cry of the Israelite's, God then appeared to Moses in a burning bush and appointed him to serve as his messenger and liberate his people. After explaining that He had heard the Israelite's’ cries and seen their oppression, God said to Moses, “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt”
“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’”. Instead of immediately accepting the opportunity, Moses tried to decline this call from God. God told Moses that He would help him, and He also told Moses what words to use in explaining to the children of Israel, the elders of Israel and the king of Egypt what God was orchestrating.
In response to Moses’ fear that people would not believe that God had appeared to him, God gave Moses three miraculous signs:
Changing a rod into a snake and then back into a rod.Making his hand leprous and then healthy once again.Turning water into blood.
Moses could use these three signs to demonstrate that God was working through him.
Still not convinced, Moses told God: “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”
Even though God told Moses, “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say" Moses was still reluctant to accept God’s call. Moses responded: “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send”
Moses’ continued reluctance angered God, yet God countered this worry by allowing Moses’ brother, Aaron, to serve as his spokesman.
Moses was a man who had very strong faith in God. He followed God's word and signs and In spite of Moses’ initial reluctance to serve as a prophet, he grew in his relationship with God; and by the end of his life, he had successfully served in the role to which he was called. This account of Moses’ calling is consistent with how God operates: He chooses those He wishes to serve as His prophets.
Moses was not only a prophet but also a lawgiver, when he followed God's word to go up the mountain an when God wrote out the Ten commandments. Moses took them and gave them to the people to follow. Moses walked with God and talked with God, he was highly loved by God, and so much as buried by the hand of God himself.
Moses eventually died in the land of Moab before the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River to go in to possess the land. Moses was buried by the Lord and the place of his burial was kept secret from all men. As you can see, the Bible is very clear that Moses was buried.
Faith Over Fear
I am excited to redo this post today, as I was reading the story over I decided I would talk today about, both, the strong faith of Moses that he showed us in scripture, as he walked and talked with God, against the fear that Moses had when God told him and chose him he wanted Moses to free the Israelite's.
Imagine yourself put in the place of Moses. Imagine, God had called you and chose you to do something that you are afraid to do, not only afraid but reluctant and scared also. Do you believe that you could place that fear aside in faith, and trust that God would protect you and even more so that he would be able to then use you for his purpose?
I think about the story of Moses, and so many thoughts come to my mind. For example, If I saw a burning bush and it began to speak to me, saying that it was God speaking, I would listen, but I would also be scared, maybe even frightened.
I know that no one would believe me when I would tell them afterwards, and I am pretty certain, my fear of the whole situation that God was asking me to do, would have me very nervous. I just want to add in that even simply listening and understanding what God wants for me can sometimes be hard for me to actually obey him. And that comes to just simple matters.
Moses, well he was scared at first too. But Moses was not just anybody, he ended up being different than most, not because he wasn't scared or reluctant, but because he trusted fully that he was doing God's will and he set fear aside and put his faith ahead of it. He allowed God to use him in whatever way God wanted, no matter how he felt about it. He truly obeyed God, and these are the things that made him unique. The great thing about God though, is he is all knowing, he knows us, our ways, and our life paths, so when he does decide to use you or choose you for a purpose, if in doubt, remember, God already knows how the situation will end.
God used Moses, knowing he would succeed in the mission set before him and God was truly beside Moses, walking with him, and even talking with him. I imagine this helped Moses with his initial fear and also encouraged him.
You know, Sometimes I find myself thinking, "I wonder if God will ever be able to use me for some kind of big purpose?" Then I ask myself, "If he did, would I be able to listen and obey and fulfill it?" The truth is... I do not truly know what I would do. But I do know this for sure, the story of Moses gives me hope. God even uses the fear of Moses to show us, that fear can be a strong paralyzing kind of feeling, but with Trust and with Faith in God ( Who is something much bigger and stronger)that fear can be overcome.
The story Of Moses in all can be told to teach and show us many different things in all. But what stands out to me the most is that with God any thing, great or small, is possible.
So I leave you with that last thought today. I hope this story gives you hope and a future of great possibilities for you, in your walk and relationship with God and may he be able to use you for his glory.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
I come to you today, thankful for the story and account of the life of Moses, and all those who believed in you that have come before me and are written about in your word. Not only are all things possible with you, but you truly are an amazing God with a hope and love for us and our future. I believe all things work out for your glory and I pray that if you ever decide to use me, I will be able to be used, ad put my faith in you, over all or any fear I may have. I wish to always trust in you in everything.
In Jesus Christ Name I Pray,