Murray took a breath, lifted his chin, and walked into the CEO’s office. The balding, plump man sat behind his mahogany desk. Folders were piled neatly on a matching credenza, each labeled according to project. Pencils were lined up in a row, tips freshly sharpened. Not a speck of dirt to be found.
The employees had nicknamed him the control freak, but Murray appreciated his organizational skills. They were above reproach and they could all learn from the boss.
The CEO had requested this meeting forty days into Murray’s contract. Why now? In a few days they would complete their project and reach their promised targets.
Murray sunk into the leather chair, almost bouncing from its plushness. He ran his palm over the armrests and smiled.
I could get used to this.
A phone rang in the outer office, snapping Murray back to reality. “You wanted to see me, Sir?”
The boss placed his hands in a prayer position. “First of all, I want to commend you on a great job. You’ve done exceptional work leading your team. I know you struggled a bit at first, but your confidence shone through.”
“Thank you, Sir.”
“However, your people have done a lot of complaining and made mistakes. They’ve wavered.”
Murray adjusted his tie. “I know and I’m sorry.”
“Because of this, the board is demanding I replace both you and your team. You won’t see the project to completion. Justin will lead a new group of fresh hires.”
Murray glanced at the floor. “I appreciate you telling me in advance of everyone else.”
The CEO nodded and went back to sharpening his pencils.
Was Moses frustrated when he found out he would not see the Promised Land—the land flowing with milk and honey? Perhaps. And that Joshua would be the leader to take them there? Did Moses wonder if it was all for nothing? I doubt it.
As we sum up our series on Moses, what can we learn from this amazing man, his journey, and the God who led him through?
Moses believed in himself. Not at first though. Remember the burning bush? He told God he couldn’t speak to the people. He lacked self-confidence, but eventually he found it and led his people out of their captor’s hand. He was willing to be anything God wanted him to be. Are we? Do we shy away from something because we don’t think we’re good enough? Or that we lack the talent? Let’s learn from Moses and believe in ourselves. God does!
Moses sinned, but God still used him. Yes, Moses failed at times. However, God forgave him and used him anyway. Do we stop doing something because we’ve made mistakes? We need to ask forgiveness, forgive ourselves, and then move on. When we do, God will do BIG things!!
Moses stuck with His people—always. I’m sure Moses must have been disappointed by the Israelites after everything he taught them about God. I bet he felt like he was banging his head against the wall. I can just hear him—Why. Don’t. They. Get. It? Moses loved his people and asked God to have mercy on them. Would we react the same way after we’ve been wronged over and over? A powerful lesson for us.
God loves us unconditionally, but He still disciplines. This is a tough one. God is a God of love and forgiveness, but like our earthly parents, He disciplines us. It may hurt, but it’s the key to growth. Without it we would become stagnant. Even after everything the Israelites did—grumbling, complaining, and worshiping idols—God still loved them. However, He didn’t let them see the Promised Land—only their children. When we fail, do we ask God to show us what He’s teaching us? Do we thank Him for showing us the right way even if it hurt?
Moses led his people out of Egypt even when he didn’t believe in himself. He trusted God to guide him. With each step, his faith and confidence grew.
All because he was willing to let God use him.
Are we? Will we find our land flowing with milk and honey?
Let’s take our faith steps—together.
What is God teaching you today? What faith steps have you taken? What have you learned from our journey into Moses’ life? Share with us in the comment section.
Deuteronomy 34:4 (NIV)
Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised an oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.”
I Am Willing – Jeremy Camp
The song sums up Moses’ life perfectly. Amazing words. Are you willing to be anything He wants you to be?