Embracing the Lessons of Moses in 2024

We are in the early days of 2024. Hope shines even though things are still tough. We were really touched by the thanksgiving stories many shared, like lights showing the way when we walk together.

Now, it’s time for a big question: Will this year be one where we listen to God’s heart and let His plan for us happen, or will it just disappear into boring daily stuff?

The story of Moses, who was called God’s friend (Exodus 33:11), shows us a great way to live. What secrets did he find? Let’s look at three important lessons we can learn from his amazing life and make them part of our own.

1) A Seeker after God (constantly)

“Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain…” (Ex 19:3 NIV)

This verse paints a captivating image: Moses wasn’t just chilling, waiting for God to say something. He was climbing a mountain, actively seeking Him out. His life was all about constantly seeking God.

Leading the Israelites out of Egypt was super tough, even for someone as awesome as Moses. But he never stopped asking God for advice. When things got scary (thirsty deserts, angry enemies, doubts aplenty), he always looked up, searching for answers.

This back-and-forth with God became Moses’ superpower. Someone even said, “If you want to hear God, talk to Him first!” We got to be there, listening close, because He whispers, and we don’t want to miss it.

Thanks to Jesus, God isn’t hiding on a mountain anymore. He’s right here in our hearts, waiting to chat. In the quiet moments of prayer, we’ll hear His gentle voice saying, “Hey, where have you been? I’ve been waiting for you!”

Remember, God loves it when we seek Him out. Like what the Bible says, “Come near to God, and He will come near to you.” (James 4:8)

2) A Waiter upon God (with an expectant heart)

Imagine Moses standing tall on Mount Sinai, quiet as can be for six whole days. No voice from God, just clouds swirling up above. He’s like a master at this waiting game.

But why wait so long? Why not get discouraged and head back down? Well, in the Bible (Exodus 24:12), God promises Moses special stone tablets with His law written on them. So, Moses hangs in there, full of faith and trust.

It’s not just about patience though. He’s like a kid on Christmas Eve, wondering what God will tell him next. His heart’s bursting with questions and excitement.

We tend to be busy bees, always doing stuff. But what if we learned to wait like Moses, not just for words, but for God’s presence in our lives? He’s already waiting for us, not on a mountaintop, but right here, listening. In 2024, let’s be more like Moses: patient, trusting, and wide-eyed with wonder.

3) A Worshipper of God (with passion)

Moses wasn’t just a leader, a prophet, or a lawgiver; he was a passionate worshipper who loved singing God’s praises! Exodus 15 paints a glorious picture of Moses, arms raised towards the heavens, leading the Israelites in a triumphant song after their escape from Egypt. “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver He has hurled into the sea,” their voices soared, resonating with gratitude and awe.

And it wasn’t just Moses. His sister Miriam grabbed her tambourine and danced like nobody was watching. Everyone joined in, voices filling the air like a beautiful orchestra.

The power of Moses’ worship reverberated through time. Centuries later, people still sang Moses’ song, praising God’s greatness. In the Book of Revelation, his song echoes in the celestial halls, sung by the triumphant children of God around the “sea of glass glowing with fire.” Imagine the scene: angelic voices blend with the melody of countless souls, united in a timeless chorus of “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” (Rev 15:1-3)

Moses’ legacy inspires us to become worshippers ourselves. Today, let’s step into his role, not just as passive observers, but as active participants. Let our hearts, like his, become instruments of praise, overflowing with gratitude for the wonders God has wrought in our lives.

Moses’ Transformation: A Guide for 2024

Moses’ story shows the transformative power of seeking God’s heart. Two key lessons stand out:

  1. Friendship with God: God calls Moses not as a servant, but as a “friend,” speaking “face to face” in a relationship of intimacy and trust. Deuteronomy 34:10 echoes this, stating that no prophet ever enjoyed such closeness with God. We can seek similar closeness through genuine devotion.
  2. God’s Unwavering Defence: Numbers 12 showcases God’s unwavering support for Moses. Even in the face of criticism and doubt, He emerges as his staunch defender, declaring Moses “faithful in all my house.” This reminds us that God’s love is constant and unconditional.

So, in 2024, how will God see us? Will we be passive observers, or will we embrace the transformative power of seeking His heart, like Moses did?

Rev Anthony Loh

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