Spiritual Musings

staying the course

He had a firm grip on the staff of God. Exodus 4:20

If only life were a straight road from birth to death. Even just a few forks thrown on the trail for choices, judgement and excitement wouldn’t be so hard to handle. But what we have instead is a bumpy journey with way too many crossroads and obstacles and mazes.

Moses’ life was one with numerous crossroads, with many responsibilities, with decision upon decision to make. Yet he made it; He made it from reed basket to seat next to God because he learned early on the key to a successful journey.

When he left Midian to take on his position as leader of a nation, the Bible tells us “Moses took his wife and sons and put them on a donkey for the return trip to Egypt. He had a firm grip on the staff of God.” (vv. 20, 21) That’s all we are told–This from the Book that goes into great detail about all sorts of things! We’re not told if there was hired help, whether he took cattle and grain, how long the journey was. Nothing.

Certainly there was more to his journey than wife, sons, donkey and a walking stick. But the point is that the other stuff didn’t matter. All the planning, the details, the stress didn’t matter because Moses had his priorities straight–his family and his God

We tend to drag along a tedious to-do’s and stressful decisions. Life responsibilities often make it almost impossible to know which way to turn, which task to make a priority. To get it straight, we need to do what Moses did–Keep those we love close to us and get a firm grip on God.

Spiritual Musings

when you’re up against people-power

Word’s gotten out–people know about this. Exodus 2:14 (The Message)

People–generally–are not truth seekers; they are flesh mongers. We’d rather crucify than save the accused. When people get wind of a situation, the result is almost often disastrous. There is no seeking of truth–what really happened, why it happened; the motive or the heart behind it; whether is was an unintentional slip of the hand or mind.

So, when Moses killed a man in the acting of protecting another, he ran. The possibility of what could come out of people-power created in him such fear that he couldn’t see another alternative.

He didn’t see another alternative because he hadn’t had his God-power experience yet. This happened before the burning bush, before his partnership with God, before experiencing God’s grace and forgiveness, before he learned of a Power that superseded the power of people.

After His wilderness time with God, we meet the new Moses, the man who no longer runs away in panic or apprehension. We find Moses fearless of people-power–never running, always confronting trouble head-on.

Spiritual Musings

you’re the man

You’re the man for us. God has given you the inside story. Genesis 41:39

It was two years of freedom and another dream that needed interpreting before the cupbearer remembered his promise to Joseph. But never mind that for God was in control.

Pharaoh had a strange dream and he was convinced that it held some great meaning and significance. So all the magicians and wise men were called in to try and interpret the dream.

What an opportunity this was–to become the Pharaoh’s confidant, his Chief of Staff maybe. So the line to the throne that week was probably the longest it had ever been. A sight to behold and remember for posterity. No wonder the cupbearer finally remembered the man who interpreted his dream. So he told Pharaoh about Joseph.

Joseph enters the scene. It is finally his chance to shine. He not only knows the meaning of the dream, but he also has the solution for the disaster that the dream is to predict.

Yet Joseph’s preface to the dream interpretation is: “Not I, but God. God will set Pharaoh’s mind at ease.” (41:16) Pharaoh responds by making Joseph his main man saying “Isn’t this the man we need? Are we going to find anyone else who has God’s spirit in him like this?”