“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11
The Bible says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14 NIV), God has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and we are “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). For followers of Jesus Christ, these Bible passages provide insight that God has plans for believers to do the work He desires us to do. Likewise, throughout our life, God will provide us with experiences that will train and equip us to do the work that He has planned for us. Currently, I am in the midst of a Bible study involving Moses, and I believe as you review the life of Moses, you could clearly determine that God had plans for him and much work for him to do.
The Bible study, led by Dr. David Jeremiah, discusses how Moses’ life was divided into three forty-year spans. Each of the forty-year intervals was a distinct period in his life where he was involved in vastly different endeavors, which undoubtedly prepared him for future events. The first forty years involved his birth and upbringing in the midst of Egyptian royalty as well as him having military leadership responsibilities. He enjoyed the best experiences anyone could imagine at that time, and it is doubtful that he worried about anything. The next forty-year period involved him being a fugitive and a shepherd in the wilderness, where he lived a very humbled life compared to his prior Egyptian lifestyle. The following forty-year period involved God calling Moses to lead the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt and onward to the Promised Land.
Many books of the Old Testament (Exodus Ch. 2 – Deuteronomy Ch. 34) describe the 120-year life of Moses in greater detail, and I encourage you to review them. Based upon the Biblical references provided (Psalms, Jeremiah, and Ephesians), which reflect the understanding that God has plans for us, as we review the life of Moses, we see that God had important plans for him. It is apparent that God had a calling and a plan for Moses during his life and provided him with essential opportunities to learn and be successful with his calling. As you trace Moses’s journey through the Bible, it is notable that he made errors and poor decisions along the way, but God was merciful and kind and continued to mold Moses into the leader He wanted him to become. God wanted Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, and he was successful with completing this daunting task.
As we review the life of Moses and consider how he carried out the plans God had for him, I wonder how this applies to us. In a similar regard, I believe God has a plan for us as well. Self-exploration consideration: what gifts, skills, and abilities has God given me, and am I carrying out the plan He has for me in my life? Many blessings to you!
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