Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The 60's wasn't all flower power, sex, drugs & rock n roll.

There are some things that are just hard to comprehend in the Christian life…they don’t come naturally & such is our nature. Moses is one such example of many.

My wife is on a devotion roster at her work place. She was preparing a devotion last week & was struggling to put it together. It was on Moses, so I gave her an old book* of sermons from the 60’s that had one on Moses & she was able to refine her initial workings.

I offered to do some illustrations to accompany her talk. She delivered it yesterday & gave me permission to pass it on.

*He who endures to the end. 12 Sermons. W. Vanderkolk. 1970 Hilltop Press.


Day 1, term 1 2017

The beginning

The Bible speaks of many beginnings, for many people and not all of them were easy!

Let's consider Moses.

We know that Moses was born of Hebrew parents, raised in the courts of Egypt and then became a shepherd in Midian.  Some time later God called Moses from a burning bush, God had a job for Moses to do.

Ex 3:10 - So now, go.  I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.

However, Moses saw plenty of problems and raised 5 objections to God's call.he was too old, he didn't have the right skills or strengths, and he couldn't even speak confidently.  Other people would be more suitable than him, at the end he asked God:

Ex 4:13 - but Moses said, "O Lord, please send someone else to do it."

Not an auspicious beginning!

We also are prone to object when things don't go our way, when we get sick or become unemployed, other people seem better off - we don't want to pick up our cross and carry it joyfully.

So God gave Moses a practical lesson.  He told him to throw down his staff, that was easy to obey.  But Moses was frightened when it turned into a serpent and he fled from it.  He didn't have the chance to go far for God then told him to grab it by the tail.

Madness, surely!  Isn't that dangerous, won't he get bitten?  Often we are scared to do what God wants us to do, but when God asks you to do something he will give you the strength to do it.  So Moses acted in faith and grabbed the tail of that serpent - and it turned back into his staff!  Moses didn't expect that.

God wants us to act in faith, to act in his strength and trust Christ to overcome our serpents.
Dare to be different, even when it may involve ridicule or self discipline.  Take by the tail the year that lies ahead of you.  Get into your work, study, church work like a son or daughter of God.  Do a good work for the Lord, reach out your hand and take it by the tail!


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