Chronological Bible Reading – February 2 – The End of Ourselves

Today’s Reading: Exodus 1:1-4:17

The circumstances by which God would first deliver Moses and then prepare him for the call on his life are beautiful examples of God’s sovereignty, power, and plan.  Exodus begins with Joseph dead and the Israelites have multiplied greatly.  There is a new Pharaoh who doesn’t know the history of Joseph and is fearful of the vast number of these foreign Israelite people.  He forces them into slavery and hard labor.  He puts statutes in place to reduce the number of Israelites.  Namely, he commands the killing of all male Israelite children when they are born.

God has a plan to deliver His people and to display His majesty to the Egyptian people. It begins with a baby boy being born.  Moses is born, hidden by his mother, discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as a prince in Egypt.  When he is grown he sees himself as a potential deliverer for his people. He kills an Egyptian, the first sign of his self-sufficiency.

God knows in order to use Moses for the task of delivering His people, he will have to be humbled.  In Exodus 3:1, we see a prime example of this humbling process at its best.  By this point, Moses has gone from a prince in Egypt to a shepherd of a flock he doesn’t even own.  He is being broken of all self-sufficiency and pride.  However, in the midst of this time, God appears to Moses and gives him the call of delivering the people from slavery.  His response, “Who am I?” is exactly what God is looking for in him.  Moses knows he cannot do such a great task.

God has a broken vessel that He can use in Moses.  It is through broken and humble men and women that God can accomplish the most for His glory!  Don’t miss this.  We all want God to use us for great things.  The key to this is to come to the end of ourselves.  When we are empty of all self-sufficiency and pride, we are positioned to be used of God for purposes beyond our abilities.  Our lives will be predictable and mediocre when lived according to our strength and abilities.  But when we yield ourselves to be used by the God of all creation, our lives will be marked by things that can only be explained in terms of God’s power at work in us, and that is a life well lived.

Rest in Jesus,

Andy

Advent Devotion 16 – The Ultimate Example of Humility

Today’s Reading – Luke 17-20

Luke 18:14b – For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (ESV)

It’s probably not something you think about very often in the midst of the gift giving and decorations and feasts of great food and fellowship, but Christmas is a celebration of the ultimate example of humility.  When Jesus Christ was born some 2000 years ago, he didn’t enter this world as the religious leaders had expected.  They were expecting a military or governmental leader who would overthrow the oppressive foreign regime and bring peace to the nation of Israel.  Instead what they got was a baby born in a lowly manger.  He wasn’t born in a palace, but he came in the midst of a stable filled with animals.  Surely, this couldn’t be the Messiah they had been longing for. Continue reading

The Breaking of a Man

The Early Life of Moses (Exodus 2-4)

As I have been reading Exodus for the last few days, it is clear that God had a tremendous plan for the life of Moses. However, there was a great deal of breaking that needed to take place to prepare Moses for the work ahead.

The familiar life of Moses begins with him being born and hidden from Pharaoh’s plan to destroy all the Hebrew boys who were born. However, after a time, it become difficult for him to be hidden and therefore he is placed in a basket and set in the Nile river. There, he is discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter the princess of Egypt. He is brought into the palace, cared for by his own mother as a nurse, and then continues his life as an adopted prince of Egypt. As you read this, you may be thinking, “Where is this breaking you are talking about Andy?” It is about to become very clear! Continue reading