Friday, May 18, 2012

Thankful in Times of Opposition – Part 1 of 4

What was going on in the hearts and minds of the Israelites the first time they wanted to enter the Promised Land? With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, the people’s hearts were gripped with fear when they saw what stood in their way. The people of the land were mighty and God’s people felt small, so they lost confidence in themselves. They doubted Moses, and most of all, they doubted God. They had a hard time believing in others, probably because they didn’t believe in themselves.

Fear crippled them and prevented them from possessing the land by faith. Fear also kept them from experiencing God’s abundant love. Fear is the opposite of love. The two cannot coexist. Fear operates through unbelief, and love operates through faith.

It’s understandable that the people didn’t respect Moses much. They hardly knew him as a leader, and what they knew of his past hurt his reputation.

Imagine yourself living a slave’s life and one day finding out that one of your own people had been adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as a prince. For the first forty years of his life Moses was sheltered while his fellow Hebrews suffered under the bonds of slavery. If Moses’ luxurious life didn’t make you jealous, then what happened next might make you think he was unworthy of respect.

His whole life took a dramatic turn when, in a moment of self-appointed heroism, he killed an Egyptian for beating a Hebrew. Then, when his cover was blown, he went on the run. For the next forty years, he lived as a fugitive and worked as a shepherd. From the pleasures of palace living to the harsh realities of desert dwelling, Moses not only looked, but also felt, like a failure.

Just before Moses killed the Egyptian, he knew that he was meant to do something great for God. But after another Hebrew blew his cover, he realized his zeal had been misguided and fled the scene. This incident so crushed his pride that his dream and passion died with it.

When God got hold of him forty years later, he thought God had the wrong man. He not only didn’t jump at the offer to lead the Israelites to freedom, he even declined it. Maybe you have felt like Moses. Maybe you have stopped believing in yourself. However, no matter how bad your past might seem to you, God is in the business of giving second chances.


  1. What a wonderful Post! I can relate in living in fear, their had been times when fear has crippled the plans that God has called me to do! Walking in His boldness always keeps us on the right path with God and as you said, God is a God of second chances! God bless you:)

    1. Hi Rashida! I'm now trying to respond to each comment. Thanks for your encouragement!
      God bless,

  2. I love this. Very uplifting and true!! God gives us second chances but we have to want it and ask for it!! It's so easy in this world to slip back into the carnal nature and into the world. We must keep turning back to the Lord every day and give Him praise!!

    So happy I found your blog!!! God bless you. I love reading uplifting Christian blogs like yours. Truly give perspective and it's so nice to read the Word and fellowship with other bloggers!!

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    1. Hi Jean! I know this is a bit late, but I've just decided that from now on I must reply to each comment. Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a great day!


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