Moses’ Mess

Moses was an illegal alien, an adopted child, a murderer, a man in exile who was called of God to lead a people from bondage.

(We are not kind to our leaders.)

He endured threats of violence, incessant complaining from the people, the betrayal of his siblings, and a stubborn and willful nation, but through it all he clung to God.

How? Why?

Psalm 90 was written by Moses, which chronologically makes it the first psalm, and it gives us some insight into what kept this friend of God going.

  • Moses knew his place of safety was the Lord. (verse 1)
  • Moses knew God as Creator, Provider, and Sustainer of this world. (verses 2 – 6)
  • Moses knew God’s holiness and judgment. (verse 7)
  • Moses recognized his own sinful state and his need for God. (verses 8 – 11)
  • Moses understood that time is fleeting and diligence to God’s wisdom is crucial. (verse 12)
  • Moses knew God as Teacher and the Source of satisfaction and joy. (verse 13 – 16)
  • Moses saw the beauty of God, and he knew that God alone could establish his work. (verse 17)

These verses give testimony, as does history, that Moses walked with God.  He sought God and trusted Him.

Moses is an example that shows the longer you walk with and know God, the greater and stronger the foundation for faith can become.

  • I, too, can rest in the safety of the Lord.
  • I can honor Him as Creator and Provider.
  • I can see my sinful state in relation to His holiness, and call on His mercy.
  • I can attend to His wisdom in this vaporous life.
  • I can find in Him satisfaction and joy, and I can relish His beauty.
  • I can trust Him to establish, or complete, that which He has called me to do. He is faithful.

Moses’ world was a mess of slavery and abuse, of wandering and sin, of confusion and trial.  In that mess, Moses learned to trust and follow God.

We can do the same in the mess of today, and it will make all of the difference in our journey.

Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Photo – Chewacla State Park, Auburn, Eddy Mims

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