As I studied the birth of Moses, it occurred to me that his mother must have had enormous faith in God. One can only imagine the fear of putting your infant in a homemade ark near a river. After the Pharaoh’s daughter found him, Moses’ sister volunteered to find a Hebrew woman (which was Moses’ mother) to nurse him. Not only did she nurse him, but received wages to do so. No one but God could have outlined that! Everyone was blessed which happens every time we listen and obey Him.
Psalms 145:20 states “The Lord preserveth all them that love Him:” How very comforting! To me, that is so much more than a nice Bible story from my childhood but a lesson on Love, trust and faith. God always takes one all the way; never just part way. I will remember this today when doubt tries to sneak in to my thinking about anything.
Recently, I have been thinking about age, which seems to be so important in many people’s lives. An author of a Spiritual article wrote that she wondered if God had been young during Moses’ life, then older when Jesus was on earth and now, very old. Finding that humorous I begin to ponder that idea. If we are made in the image and likeness of God and reflect Him and He doesn’t age, do we really age? Then I was lead to Psalm 90:4 which reads “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night.” Could dwelling on our age or death possibly keep us from living fully? Haven’t you met young “80-year olds” and old “30-year olds”? Today, I will focus more on living today to the fullest!
Each of us in entertaining either thoughts from God, Love or thoughts from the carnal mind, which is world thought; fearful, anxious, bitter, vengeful, envious, etc. thoughts. By recognizing and paying attention to these thoughts one can know if a thought is kind, loving, intelligent, etc., God is governing them. On the other hand, when one worries and is angry he is buying into world thought and this is the God he is serving.
Our free will is choosing who we are serving. Error or sin is never in the present but either in the past or the future. No need to go to either of those places because our every human need is provided by Divine Love every minute.
Exodus 16:15-16,19 states “Moses said to them, ‘It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: Each one is to gather as much as he needs….No one is to keep any of it until morning.'”
Today I will watch my thoughts and if it is not loving, I will refute it and reject it and replace it by knowing God is the only power there is.
In Biblical times, bread is thought to be understanding and substance and in the Old Testament, it talks of the manna falling daily, which was a type of bread. It could not be stored up and saved but had to be used daily. This way we are kept from regret of the past and fear of the future. Exodus 16:15, 16, 19 states, ” Moses said to them, ‘it is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.’ This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs.’…No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
As we learn to lean more on God and stay in the presence, our every human need is met by Divine Love.
If one really wants to be humbled and in awe, he needs to contemplate the power of God, from finite to infinite. As I was looking out my window at my plants growing toward the light, a flock of birds flew over in perfect formation. Even as they change directions, they are aligned. The one God governs All and how can we ever doubt that Truth. Often we think we are alone with our challenges, but how can that be if you look out at nature? Joshua 1:5 reads, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” To me, that is very clear and reassures me of my protection. Either God is all or nothing. I choose All!
In my Bible study this morning, the author is talking about rehearsing our troubles being like experiencing them over and over. That is certainly not necessary. Why even bother praying about them, if we continue to relive them?
Joshua 1:5,9 reads, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
II Corinthians 3:15,16 reads, “Even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.”
In my study today, the “veil” represents “close-mindedness” and I recognize this sometimes in my thoughts and judgments. The only way this veil is destroyed is when my heart is softened and filled with humility, love, and gratitude. As I study and pray, this is my starting point as I turn to God.
As we go through trials, we are strengthened spiritually. When we rehearse our troubles, we experience them over and over and that is not necessary. We need not multiply suffering in this way. Joshua 1:5,9 reads, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you….Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”