Joshua witnessed Moses lead the Israelites out of captivity, stretch his hand over the sea to part the waters and receive the Ten Commandments.
Then Moses died.
Joshua’s mentor and friend was no longer with him. Joshua could claim that without Moses leading him he could do nothing. He could have said that he wasn’t prepared to be the leader of a nation without Moses to turn to for guidance.
But he didn’t. Joshua realized that Moses was a blessing from God, not God. He knew that God would be the one to continue to provide for him.
It is good to learn from the people that God places in your life, but remember that God should always be the source of your strength and confidence.
He chose to leave that life behind to become known as one of God’s chosen.
After this decision he faced exclusion, ridicule and opposition. But he knew he was following after God, doing what was right. For Moses trading in the life of ease for life eternal was worth it.
There may be pleasure in sin for a season but it will never prevail over The Beginning and The End.
Moses’ hot tempered reaction to the people’s sin left the law of the Lord shattered on the ground.
Soon thereafter repentance came. Forgiveness was sought. Grace was granted.
Moses trekked up the mountain a second time to obtain the same laws he had just broken.
The same exact words were given. Same exact materials were used.
Moses’ showing of disrespect to the law did nothing to sway what the Lord would write the second time around. It didn’t cause the Lord to make the commandments more lenient, nor did it cause him to make them stricter.
Because who God is and what He stands for is eternal, regardless of our reactions.
Take comfort in knowing that in this world there is always a constant: Jesus. He will never manipulate the commandments to satisfy your flesh but He will always offer grace to begin again.
Bulrushes, slime and pitch.
Those aren’t the components that you would likely think are needed to make a life saving device.
But those are the exact things that were available to Moses’ mother so that’s what she used to make the ark that Moses’ floated in.
Sometimes we get bogged down thinking “if only I had this then I would be better off”.
Look around. Because if God has called you to do it then He’s provided you with the necessary resources you need to be successful.
You may have to get creative like Moses’ momma did and you’ll definitely have to trust that Jesus can bless it. But by having the desire to succeed, the willingness to work for it and faith in God you will be successful.
So stop wishful thinking, take what The Lord has given you and get to work.
Moses walked up the hill, rod of God in hand. Beside him walked Aaron and Hur, his friends. Below him Joshua was beginning to battle with the Amaleks.
Moses looked over the valley below. His men were fighting, under his charge. He raised the rod of God in his hand and watched Israel prevail.
Then he became tired. Physically probably from walking up the hill, from holding the rod straight up in the air for a long period of time. Mentally probably from realizing that the nation he was leading was winning a battle solely based upon his actions.
The pressures from the battle were wearing him thin.
His hands began to drop. The rod was no longer being held up. The battle started going the other way. Israel was losing ground quick.
In stepped Aaron and Hur. They provided Moses a seat. They held his arms so that they stretched the rod toward God.
They helped to shoulder Moses’ burden.
They took it upon themselves as if it were their own.
They had realized that the outcome of the battle affected them too.
Christians, don’t turn the other way when you see a person in need of encouragement or help. Instead bear their burden with them. Maybe you can help shoulder the responsibility through prayer, through actions, through example…but realize that the outcome affects you too.
We should do our best to help each other so that Christians can be viewed as a people that stand together and so that our God will receive at least a portion of the honor and glory that He is due.
Look out for your brethren.
Moses led the Israelites out of captivity. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the waters parted. Moses received the Ten Commandments. And he met with God in a tent.
Joshua witnessed all of that. Moses was his hero. Moses was his mentor. Moses charged Joshua to become the leader of the Israelite people. Then Moses died.
Joshua’s successor, teacher, and friend was no longer with him. Joshua could claim that without Moses leading him he could do nothing. He could say that he wasn’t prepared to be the leader of a nation without Moses to turn to for guidance.
But he didn’t. Joshua realized that Moses was a tool of God, not God. He saw that Moses, being man, failed. Joshua knew that God never failed and also that He never would. Joshua had put all of his confidence in God, not Moses.
We should trust God first and foremost in all situations because unlike man, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.
Moses was a singer. After he led the people across the Red Sea he stopped to sing a song of praise to God. Before he died he taught Joshua a song that would remind the children of Israel about the blessings The Lord had given them.
The Book of Psalms is filled with scriptures telling us to sing to The Lord. It also teaches us that The Lord will give us the words to sing.
Hum a song. Think on a song. Be loud about. In whichever way you choose to sing be sure to sing to Jesus, for Jesus about Jesus. You’ll find yourself drawing closer to Him.