Everlasting love, part two

Yesterday I closed out my post by saying that I feel like the life of Moses serves as an example of what God is doing with us as modern believers. Maybe you’re out there and you feel like I’m reaching a little bit, but in my spirit I just feel like it’s such a true and meaningful way of looking at the life of Moses. Think about the whole story. A people in slavery. (We are slaves to our sinful nature.) An appointed person to bring them out of slavery. (Jesus was sent to show us the way to forgiveness and become our savior through his death on the cross.) A people who were constantly doubting, constantly stumbling, constantly quarrelsome, despite the presence of a strong leader and a God who was caring for them. (Sounds just like modern mankind to me.)

When I looked at all of this through that lens, I feel like I understood how Moses could still care for these people even after all they put him through. He loved the people of Israel with an everlasting love. That’s such a beautiful illustration of the love that God has for us. He has every reason to just say “good riddance” to us. Let me re-write that. He has EVERY REASON to just say “good riddance” to us. Even those of us who follow Him, we’re so flawed. We can be so weak, so stiff necked, so rebellious, and we’re the ones who are actually pledging ourselves to Him! We all know the state of the rest of the world, the contempt so many have for God. He’s a God who knows all, sees all, and hears all. None of it gets by Him. And yet, He doesn’t just tolerate us, He loves us. He works on our behalf, He cares enough to draw us towards Him, to present us with His love and soul-saving gift of salvation.

Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

There’s nothing comparable in all of creation to the love God has for us. I love so much that the Bible is such a magical book that it was able to remind me of that through the account of Moses’ life. He was a man who loved his people with a true love, a love that saw beyond all the flaws and all the failures.

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Every now and again I’m blown away with the beauty in the writing of the Bible. When it describes the death of Moses, the Bible took my breath away.

Deuteronomy 34:7 Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.

I just found that to be such a beautiful way for Moses’ passing to be captured. When you really study his life story, Moses becomes very real to you. I’m excited that I serve a God who has the gift of eternal life for me, because I badly want to meet and talk to Moses. It’s exciting to know that I’ll get to do so one day.

We’ve been in this study for a long time now and I have to say that I greatly enjoyed it. God’s done such an awesome work in my life and so much of it has to do with studying His word. This book is one of a kind, because it’s the book of a one of a kind God. I’m so excited to keep reading it, to keep studying it, to get to a point where I can say I’ve read it all, and then to start reading and studying it all over again.

PRAYER AND CLOSING

Father God, today I want to thank you for the adventure you present to your people.  Moses was living a mundane life until you lit up a bush and gave him a mission.  The rest of his life wasn’t easy, but he had you there with him through it all.  The rest of his life sure wasn’t boring, either.  Your word doesn’t promise me an easy path, it doesn’t promise me a life of clear skies and smooth sailing, but if the examples you give us in the Bible are any indication, I think most of those who take up your cause and devote themselves to doing your work can expect some adventurous times.  You’re the God of the unexpected, and I’m so thankful for that.  I’m so thankful that every day with you presents new opportunities, new chances to experience life from a  different angle.  You have the power to make ours a boring existence.  You could handle every problem yourself, leaving us to do little more than drone on and live just to meet our basic needs.  But you use us, people like Moses, and people like me.  You present opportunities and say here’s a mission for you.  They may not be easy, it may not always be pleasant, but God, I’m so excited about the fact that it never gets boring with you.  Thank you for what you did in the life of Moses.  Thank you for the example he sets for us as modern believers, for the way he shows me so many things.  I learned a lot studying his life.  I feel more confident in my faith, more certain that each day I am growing into a man of deeper and stronger faith.  I feel less defined by my past failures.  I feel less worried about struggles or troubles I may face while I walk your path.  I feel more loved by you, Lord, assured that just as Moses never stopped working on behalf of the people you will never stop working on behalf of me.  You gave all for me, so that I could experience a goodness I never would’ve deserved or attained on my own.  I love you, Lord, and I thank you for that.  I honor all that you are and I ask that you continue to work through me, transform my life so that it honors you every day.  I want to be a man after your own heart, and I ask you right now to undo anything within me that keeps me from being that man.  Make known to me any unseen sin, any habits that are tripping me up.  Lead me in your ways, and give me the strength of character to in turn lead others.  Thank you for all the work you do on our behalf, Father, and thank you so much for what you did through the life of Moses.  In Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen.

Well, that’s it.  The Moses Moments series is officially over.  When you add in my time away from the blog while I was recovering this was a four month long series.  That’s not quite forty years, but it is a long time.  I love how alive the Bible is, and how well it teaches us even through these men and events that took place thousands and thousands of years ago.  I’m excited to move on to new blog entries, but I’ll always hold dear to the story of Moses.

I love you guys and I hope your week is going great so far!

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