The life of Moses gives us valuable lessons about faith that couldn’t just move mountains but also parts seas. When Moses was born, the Bible says that he was beautiful in God’s sight (Acts 7: 20).
In his lifetime, he experienced abundance and poverty. Specifically, from being the potential successor to Pharaoh’s throne to being a humble shepherd, Moses experienced both the highs and lows of life. Also, from having Egypt bow to him to bowing before the King of Kings, all these Moses experienced.
Yet, the Bible described him as the meekest man among all people on earth (Numbers 12:3). That is, he was a man who found favor in God’s sight and whom God has recognized by name (Exodus 33: 17).
Let’s know more about Moses, a hero of faith, and ten vital lessons we can learn from him.
1. Be thankful for godly mothers.
Moses’ mother, Jochebed, was a remarkable woman. Amazingly, she did everything to hide her son from the Egyptian soldiers. Specifically, she saved him from Pharaoh’s decree killing all Hebrew children born.
Jochebed put baby Moses in a basket and let it float by the river bank where Pharaoh’s daughter found it. Had she succumbed to fear, Satan would have successfully destroyed the man instrumental in delivering God’s people.
Most of the time, we fail to appreciate the ministry of our godly mothers. However, we should not take for granted the prayers they offer on our behalf.
Pharaoh’s daughter adopted baby Moses. However, she requested someone to take care of him. Miriam, Moses’ sister, took the opportunity to let his birth mother nurse the child.
Thus, Jochebed raised Moses, taking extra caution in instructing him in the Lord’s ways.
2. Christ’s riches are better than the world’s treasures.
Moses received the highest training. Acts 7:22 says,
“And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.”
Coming to think of it, the influence of the Egyptians would have swayed Moses’ dispositions. Yet, the Bible attests that he considered the reproach of Christ’s wealth compared to the treasures of Egypt (Hebrews 11:26).
Indeed, Moses looked past earthly riches and gazed straight ahead to the prize of eternal life.
3. Don’t take matters into your own hands.
Despite his positive characteristics, Moses had his flaws, too. Surprisingly, there were instances that he took matters his way.
First, he killed the Egyptian master, beating a Hebrew slave. As a fact, he hid him in the sand (Exodus 2:12). Consequently, he felt guilty and fled from Egypt.
Second, he struck the rock at Meribah instead of speaking to it (Numbers 20:8-11). As such, God prevented him from entering the Promised Land.
True enough, most of us tend to do the same. However, may our prayers be like that of Jesus. Specifically, He prayed for the Father’s will to take place (Matthew 6:10).
4. The Lord molds His children in ways we cannot always understand.
Upon hearing the news that Moses killed an Egyptian, Pharaoh sought to kill him. Fortunately, Moses got to escape to Midian. There, he stayed and worked as a keeper of Jethro’s flock.
Moses had to be re-educated in the wilderness for forty years (Acts 7:23). Eventually, by tending the sheep, he learned self-denial, patience, and hard work. These are qualities leaders of God should possess.
For some, this may sound absurd. That is, Moses had earthly qualifications that would fit him in any line of governmental service anyway. However, most of the time, the Lord molds His children in ways beyond our capacity to understand.
5. Humility and reverence are essential in coming before God.
The Lord met Moses in the mountain of Sinai. He instructed him to take his sandals off because the place was holy ground (Exodus 3: 5).
Moses wanted to see God’s glory. However, He only allowed him to see His back because Moses would not live (Exodus 33:20).
We could not address God in light and presumptuous manner. He is the King of Kings before Whom angels veil their faces. Indeed, we should not regard Him as our equal.
Of course, we could always come boldly before his throne of presence. However, we must approach Him reverently more than an earthly king.
6. A man of God is an imperfect man perfected by a perfect God!
If you think Moses was entitled to be the deliverer of Israel, you’re wrong!
As a fact, Moses was hesitant when God gave him such a mission. It was because he had a speech impediment. Specifically, he was slow in speech and tongue (Exodus 3:10).
Nevertheless, God proved Himself to Moses.
“Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be your mouth and teach you what you shall speak” (Exodus 3:11).
Through Moses, God freed the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians.
Indeed, the Lord equips those He commissioned to be His co-laborers. He will be our aid. In Him, nothing is impossible.
7. Where God leads, He provides.
As they escaped Egypt, Moses and his people faced uncertainty. Yet, the Lord did not fail them.
Specifically, God provided them bread and water throughout their journey (Exodus 15:22-25; 16; 17:1-7; Numbers 20:2-13). Also, He protected them day and night through the pillar of cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21).
Surprisingly, their clothing did not wear out, and their feet did not swell for forty years (Deuteronomy 8:4).
Indeed, where God leads, He provides.
8. The prerequisite of blessings is obedience!
Hebrews 3: 5 says that “Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant.”
Moses was the iconic character instrumental in giving the law to the Israelites. He reiterated that when we keep the law, the Lord will prosper us.
Moreover, Moses teaches us to love God with all our hearts, soul, and mind (Deuteronomy 6:5). Significantly, it means obedience to God at all costs. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
9. Salvation is perfected through someone’s intercession.
Moses interceding on behalf of Israel was a foreshadow of Christ’s ministry to his lost children. Intercession means getting in between the sinner and God, asking for pardon from God on behalf of the transgressor.
In all fairness, the people of Israel had so much to learn as the Egyptians influenced them badly. Often, they murmured and rebelled, triggering God’s anger.
However, Moses interceded on their behalf. Hence, God spared them most of the time. Here are some instances the Israelites did not perish because of their leader’s intercession:
- Building a golden calf (Exodus 32)
- Aaron and Miriam opposing Moses’ leadership (Numbers 12: 1-14)
In like manner, Jesus is interceding on our behalf so we could gain salvation in the merits of His precious blood.
10. We are all pilgrims in this world, traveling to the heavenly Canaan.
The history of Moses had been a long, arduous journey. Yet, he never failed to lose sight of the Promised Land.
Unfortunately, God didn’t allow Moses to reach Canaan. He only showed him the land his people would inherit (Deuteronomy 34:1).
It reminds us that we are all pilgrims in this world. That is, we travel to our heavenly home. For this, time will test our characters. Yet, the Lord promises that we will be victorious if we trust Him.
The question is, are you willing to follow God?
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