“Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying: “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the LORD may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.” And the LORD said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.”
Numbers 27:15-20 NKJV
Man of God
As I have started through the Old Testament I have found myself focused on Moses. I am especially awed by his depiction in the book of Numbers where I see a man so bent on serving God that he is willing to suffer whatever slight to lead his people to the glory of God.
I am daily forced to compare myself to him. Am I able and willing to suffer all the slights, all the struggle and all the backbiting. In the passage above the consequences of his sin against God is coming to pass: he will not enter into the promised land.
Most of us in that moment would be bitter, resentful, and we might even question God. Moses, however was relentless in his love for his people and his love for his God. He prayed not for a second chance, but for God to chose a replacement to lead the people where he could not. Even at his lowest moment, he thought of them. I am taken back to Jesus going to the cross. He faced evil in its purest form, aimed squarely at Him, but in that moment He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
I need to apply this to my life daily. Slights are a part of life. The evil one uses them to attack the saints and drive them against each other. Moses shows us that there is a greater cause, the advancement of God’s plan. It is worth laying aside pride for the cause of Christ.
I try to imagine that moment when God gave Moses the opportunity to supernaturally look into the promised land. I believe that he not only surveyed the terrain, but all that would transpire, all condensed into one amazing moment, concluding in the majesty of the Transfiguration. In his mind and in his heart he was there. Oh, our great God!
With the same devotion, in which he led the children of Israel, he passed his mantel of leadership to Joshua. God was glorified in all of it and the congregation was secure.
I desire to make my service to the Lord the most important thing in my life. I hope that God continues to refine me and use me for His divine purpose. My deepest desire is for there to be nothing of my sacrifice left on the altar. Burn me up. I will persist in serving my Savior. There is no life outside of life in Christ.
Pray that you, men and women of God, have the mind of Moses, who had the mind of God.
“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.””
Matthew 17:1-4 NKJV
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