DO IT GOD’S WAY
Exodus 2:11-15, Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord Isaiah 55:8
There are times our intentions are right but the way we carry them out is wrong. Moses had good intentions but his timing and action were outside of God’s timing and process. This is why we need to grow in our knowledge and fellowship with God so we would know what He wants us to do, when to do it, and how to do it. When God grooms us for a purpose, God expects a total submission of our will to Him.
There are so many paths we could walk through to get to a required goal or destination. Some paths may seem shorter and some may seem perfect which will make it seem like God is involved. To take the right path and make the best decisions, we need to constantly rely on His leadership. Romans 8:14 says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” When we are called to an assignment, it must be with His ‘Terms and Conditions.’ Not all terms and conditions would be easy but by God’s grace, we will fulfill the vision. Follow God to execute the assignments He has given you. Are you doing God’s work in God’s way?
Prayer: Lord, help me to follow Your way in fulfilling my assignment. Amen.
SHEPHERDING AND SERVING
And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15.
As we see in our text, Moses was a Shepherd for 40 years before his call. Interestingly, God called and used several shepherds in the scriptures prominent among them are Moses and David. Jesus even described himself as the good shepherd (John 10:11). A shepherd is someone who provides care and guidance. It is a place of humble service and it is here assignments are given. The shepherding of flocks was known as the lowest task but here was Moses doing the job diligently and humbly. Moses had to go through service to be the leader God wanted him to be.
Service cuts across every aspect of our lives, not just the church. How do we offer our services? Looking through the scriptures, we realize that David, Joseph, Samuel, etc. all got their assignments in the place of active service. Are there words spoken over your life about great things God would do through you? Do you think you are in a place no one is seeing you? It is in this place of humble service that these dreams, visions, and revelations are actualized. God introduces himself to people who are in the place of humble service and with those introductions come the assignments.
PRAYER: Lord, please grant me the grace to serve diligently in humility. Amen.
COULD IT BE A TEST?
1 Samuel 26:1-12
So David took the spear and cruse of water from Saul’s bolster…and no man knew it…because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them. 1 Samuel 26:12
It seems to be a norm that when God wants to move us into the next phase of His plan for our lives, he puts us through a test; however, some persons are insensitive to the purposes of God. It is evident, from the scripture that it was God that orchestrated the vulnerability of Saul and his men. Bible says God caused a deep sleep to fall on Saul and his men. By this, David had another excellent opportunity to put an end to the life of his “enemy,” but it was all a test. God was making David go through a test. David could have killed Saul under any guise. For instance, he could have killed Saul in the guise of avenging the blood of the priests whom Saul had killed.
Let’s give some more consideration to a very instructive fact; the fact that it was God who orchestrated the vulnerability of King Saul. Indeed it could only be supernatural that Saul’s squads of three thousand (3000) soldiers were all asleep and none of them noticed David’s presence in their camp. Let’s think for a moment, if you become very powerful today, how will you use your powers? Some persons already have a list of those who treated them wrongly, and they are simply waiting for the slightest opportunity to unleash their plans on those they have already blacklisted.
Father, I forgive those who may have hurt me. Help me not to fail any of Your divine testings that come my way. Amen.
GOD’S SUPPORT SYSTEM
1 Samuel 22:1-5
And the Lord said unto Samuel, how long wilt thou mourn for Saul , seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 1 Samuel 16:1
God has a support system, and men play a vital role in this support system. One of the things God does during the Isolation Phase is to release the people who are the tangible agency of God’s support system for us. David was in the cave of Adullam when men began coming around to pledge their allegiance. It was God who had impressed on the hearts of these men to join forces with David; these were people that God had preordained to connect with David.
By God’s design for your destiny, there are people who are meant to be a part of your team for destiny fulfilment. It is easier to identify destiny partnerships during the seasons of Isolation. God’s destiny for each man is huge –you cannot fulfil the vision alone. You need people –people whom God has prepared to be a part of your vision. Jesus started with Twelve (12) disciples; Abraham had three hundred and seventeen (317) men, and David started with four hundred (400) men. The plans of God even for our lives need the active roles of men.
Father, show me the right persons who are meant to be around me. Amen.
But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. Exodus 1:12.
The Bible is filled with stories of battles and obstacles against God’s promises. God made some promises of prosperity to Abraham and his descendants. Some of these promises of blessings can be seen in Genesis 12:2 and 17:6. These were God’s promises to Abraham the father of Israel but in today’s text, we see an obstacle standing in the way of the promises. God’s promises aren’t devoid of challenges, battles, or obstacles but because it is Him that promised, victory is guaranteed. The Bible is replete with passages that assure us of this (Numbers 23:19, Isaiah 55:11, Romans 4:20-21).
God is not a man that fails in His promises. He does what He says He will do. Challenges and human limitations cannot alter or stop the promises of God. Despite the affliction and oppression, the children of Abraham grew; even hard labor, human or spiritual decrees could not hinder the fulfillment of God’s word. As it was with them, so it is with us; oppression or opposition cannot stop a person who is loved by God and moving in the direction of His word. It is written, “But we are able to overcome all these things and more through his love.” (Romans 8:37 BBE). Are you faced with an obstacle or a battle that challenges God’s promises over your life? Stand firm in faith and watch as God defends His word.
Prayer: Thank God that His promises over your life will come to pass despite the opposition you may be facing. Amen.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD
But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. Exodus 1:17
Shiphrah and Puah the midwives of the Hebrew women did not do what the king of Egypt ordered. The order was straightforward; it was easier to obey than to disobey. But these women feared God too much to do such evil. Certain times, orders (laws) from government, church, or school authority may be given to test your fear and respect for God. It may not be as gruesome as the order in our study but it will test our fear for God. That fear teaches us that God is the final authority and any authority that contradicts His command must not be adhered to.
Proverbs 9:10 tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Are you in a place where you must decide on which command to follow? Be like the apostles of old and say, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Certain times the order isn’t straightforward but we still need to ask ourselves, ‘what does God’s word say?’ Be committed to knowing what God expects of you, seek His face through prayers to hear His commands, stand in reverence of who He is, and obey His commands.
Prayer: Lord, help me to have a reverential fear of You so much that I would not sin against You. Amen.
: Exodus 2:1-10
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler Psalm 91:4.
Time and time again we have seen and personally experienced God’s protection over us. The story of Moses depicts how far God will go to protect his own. From when Moses was born, he was an endangered breed. His parents couldn’t even give him full protection. There is a limit to the protection any earthly being (even our parents) can give. The river Nile is known for crocodiles and a waterproof boat is no match for them but God had plans for this baby and kept him safe. God kept him safe from crocodiles, starvation, and even drowning (despite all the rocks in the river). Moses grew inside the home of the one who proclaimed death on his life.
Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Are you dwelling in His secret place? If your answer is yes, then your protection is sure. God will protect you just as a hen ferociously protects her chicks. Do you feel unsafe in your present environment? Do you feel like there is no way of escape? Be assured that protection is of the Lord and He will surely protect those whose hearts are loyal to Him. The word of the Lord says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him …” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for Your protection. I rest under your wings. Amen.