LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
By Pastor Mensa Otabil
Monday 16th August 2021
LED TO THE LORD
Scripture Reading: Exodus 3
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Exodus 3:1
This week, we undertake a study of Exodus chapter three about God’s call to Moses.
Moses lived much of his life in the palace of the Pharaoh of Egypt. In the palace of Pharoah, he was a nobleman, but he had now become a simple shepherd in exile.
The work of a shepherd was associated with the Hebrews. It was a humble work. Moses did not even own the sheep. The sheep he shepherded belonged to his father-in-law.
It would seem that he was at a very low point in his life. Yet, he served faithfully. Interestingly, it was at this low point that God called him to be a liberator. Many times, when we think we have nothing to offer, that is when God calls us to do something special.
The passage says that Moses led his flock to Horeb, the mountain of God. How did Moses know that this was the Mount of God? Probably, this was the mountain where Jethro the priest worshipped God. Later, God appeared to Israel on this same mountain range and gave them the Law.
What are the lessons from this?
- Firstly, we learn that we should lead those who follow us to God. Moses’ flock were sheep, but those who follow us are human beings. They could be our children, students, staff in the office or church members. We have a responsibility to lead them to God.
- Secondly, Moses allowed his work to take him to the presence of God. Isn’t that wonderful? Most people allow their work to take them away from God, but Moses allowed his work to take him to God.
Do you sometimes get so busy with your work that you have very little time for God? We can all learn from Moses how to balance our work with our faith. One does not have to separate us from the other.
We can have moments of silent prayer while we are working. We can ask the Lord to help us on the job when we face a tough situation. We can ask the Lord to use us to minister life to someone with whom we work.
We can trust God for the salvation of our coworkers. These are just a few ideas. Each one of us must ask the Lord to show us how to serve Him with our work.
Today, we can all learn how to let our work lead us to God instead of separating us from Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the work you have given me. Use it to draw me closer to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.