MOSES – COURAGE AFTER CATASTROPHIC FAILURE

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Moses the courageous (Image source: virtuewomen_biblestudygroup)

 

The Bible is full of heroes of faith; men and women who sacrificed personal ambition and in some cases their lives, as they fulfilled the mission God called them to execute. Noah,  Abraham, Sarah, Deborah, Daniel, Esther, Mary – are just a handful of the many incredible foundation pillars of the Christian faith.

The lawgiver Moses can be considered a giant among these pillars of our faith. He lived 40 years as Pharaoh’s son in wealth and luxury – the best clothes, food, education, cars, pretty girls, and hundreds of palace servants. What a life of privilege and political importance that Moses gave up for the mission God placed in his heart.

Hebrews 11:27 (GOD’S WORD® Translation) says: “Faith led Moses to leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. Moses didn’t give up but continued as if he could actually see the invisible God.” 

The book of Exodus Chapters 1 and 2, tells us how Moses at 40 years old, wanted to inspire the Israelite slaves to violently rebel against Pharaoh. He failed and ran away to Midian, a tribe in the Saudi Arabian desert, because Pharaoh wanted to kill him. Midian was a son of Abraham from his wife Keturah (see Genesis 25).  

Moses ran to Midian, to 40 years of hard life in the desert – he would have cried a lot thinking about his former life of wealth. He chose to go to his cousins in Midian who worshiped the same God of Israel like him (see Exodus 18). Moses ran away from Egypt but ran to a place where he could continue searching for God.

As we go about executing our plans for 2020, including the mission God has put in our hearts, we might experience minor or major setbacks and failures. What will we do in such moments? Are we going to give up and walk away from God? Or like Moses, would we continue with God though the road might be rough?

El-Elyon, the Most High God, plant in us the courage of Moses, who after catastrophic failure “didn’t give up but continued as if he could actually see the invisible God”, we pray in Jesus name, Amen! 

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