Moses’ life is a story of God’s miraculous leading and providential guidance.
Moses, A Life of Trust
By Mark A. Finley
This month we will continue our study about the life of Moses. In our last study we focused on Moses’ intimate relationship with God as a close friend. In this lesson we will explore Moses’ commitment to trust God in the challenges and difficulties of life. We will discover a God who honors the positive choices His people make and glorifies His name by working miracles for those who trust Him. These miracles may not always come in the form of spectacular, supernatural wonders (although sometimes they do), but God always supplies the miracle of divine grace to strengthen us to face the challenges we all must meet.
1 - What life-changing choice did Moses make in the courts of Egypt? Read Hebrews 11:24-27 and describe what Moses chose to do and what he chose not to do.
Moses chose to “suffer affliction with the people of God” rather than to enjoy the pleasures and wealth of Egypt. By faith he grasped the divine reality that this life has little to offer in the light of eternity. The passing pleasures of earth fade into insignificance compared with the eternal treasures of Christ.
2 - How did God reward Moses’ faithfulness? What amazing promise did He make to both Moses and the children of Israel? Discover the answer in Exodus 6:5-7.
Moses’ trust in God opened the door for God to work unusual miracles for the children of Israel. God’s greatest miracles are reserved for His friends who trust Him explicitly.
3 - What crisis did Israel face at the Red Sea, and what counsel did God give Israel that revealed Moses’ trust in God? Read Exodus 14:13, 14.
4 - How did Israel respond to the miraculous deliverance at the Red Sea? Compare the Song of Moses in Exodus 15:1, 2 to Revelation 15:3, 4. What is the spiritual lesson in each of these songs?
When the Israelites passed through the Red Sea, and their oppressors, the Egyptians, were drowned in the raging waters, God’s people burst out rejoicing in a song of deliverance. Their victorious strains of praise echoed throughout the camp. One day at the end of time, when God’s people stand rejoicing on the sea of glass, we too will sing a song of praise and victory. The Song of Moses, the song of God’s mighty hand of deliverance, will echo throughout the universe.
5 - Although God repeatedly worked miracles for His people as they wandered on their wilderness journey, they often bitterly complained of the difficulties that confronted them. When they had little to eat, they murmured against God. But Moses, once again, exhibited His trust in God. What counsel did he give? Read Exodus 16:6, 7.
6 - In Exodus 20 God gave the Ten Commandments—principles of His divine government—to His people. What promise did He also make to those who lovingly obey His commands through His power? Read Exodus 34:1, 6, 7, 10.
One of the things God longed to teach His people in the Old Testament is that there is a blessing in obedience; disobedience forfeits these blessings. God works in special ways for those who trust and obey Him.
7 - When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, what condition clearly indicated that He had been in the presence of God? Read Exodus 34:29.
God reveals His presence in marvelous ways to those who trust Him. Today, no matter what challenges we face in our lives, if we live lives of trust we will see His miracle-working power and reveal God’s glory to others.