Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 15)
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (NKJV)
Moses is a legendary hero. He gave up 40 years of royalty to embrace 40 years as a shepherd... only to spend his final 40 years leading God's people out of slavery on a prolonged trip to the Promised Land.
But the man God chose to part the Red Sea, to enlighten on top of Mt. Sinai, to communicate His Ten Commandments, to confront and defeat mighty armies...
The humblest man 'On the face of the earth' (Numbers 12:3, NASB), had a few notable imperfections God revealed and refined along the way. When Moses met God in a burning bush...
1. He was old, settled and set in his ways.
2. He neglected to circumcise his sons.
3. He had not yet subdued his hot temper.*
4. He debated his inadequacy.
5. He was worried no one would believe him.
6. He didn't think he could speak well enough.
7. He got so depressed he wanted to die...
So here's the gist: If God's main man, Moses, showed a few flaws in his amazing life, but God focused on his best qualities (and used Moses in spite of weaker ones)... wouldn't He surely do the same for us?
Yes! But we've got to do what Moses did: Follow God faithfully--no matter what.
To Be Continued...
* Yes, Moses had a temper, but he seldom showed it. Yet when He did, he faced tough corrections.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.