Jubilee Weekly October 9, 2018

“God Has an Exciting Future for You”

Many of you reading this are either retired or getting close to retirement. You might look at the heading for this meditation and say, “O sure, He has an exciting future for me.

Most of my life is over. How could that ever be?”
Well, I want us to take a look at the life of Moses and how God used him. He was miraculously saved at birth. All baby boys were supposed to be put to death, but his mother believed God had a future for her boy so she put him in a basket that had been waterproofed and placed the basket in the reeds near the shore.

Pharaoh’s daughter came to wash, heard the baby cry, and had someone retrieve the basket. She saw he was a little Jewish boy, but she took him to the palace and raised him as her son. He had the best of everything.

By the way, the name “Moses” means ‘saved from the water’. One day, as a young man, he saw an Egyptian molesting a Hebrew and Moses killed him. In short order, word got out and Moses fled for his life to the land of Midian. There he lived in obscurity looking after sheep. He might have felt that he was doomed to this kind of existence for the rest of his life.

Moses was forty years old when he fled Egypt. He lived in basic obscurity for another forty years, caring for sheep. He didn’t know it at the time that this job would prove to be good training for the role God had in mind for him. Come to think of it, he was about my age (smile) when God revealed His will for Moses’ future.

Let’s see how that came about in Exodus 3:1-4 we read, “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire and it did not burn up. So, Moses thought ‘I will go over and see this strange sight — why the bush does not burn up.’ When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ and Moses said, ‘Here I am’.”

Folks, you are never too young or too old for God to call you and begin to reveal His will or plan for your life. Samuel was just a boy when God began to call him. Jesus was 12 when He realized He needed to be about His Father’s business.

Mary was a teenager when it was revealed that God’s will was for her to give birth to our savior. I was nine when God began to call me to serve Him in the ministry. Moses was 80 years of age when God called to him from the burning bush.

Greg Matte wrote the following:
“You are never too old, too young, too remote or too ruined for God to use you. Senior adults, you’re needed. You are vital to the mission of the church. Students, you are mission critical too. The future of the church depends on your continuing growth and faithfulness.

Don’t think you can wait to contribute or serve. And, for those of you who have made mistakes that keep you clinging to the sidelines in fear and shame, you are not excluded from getting back on track to do God’s will. Someone whose life has been marked by greed can become a giver. A person with a promiscuous past can still have a godly marriage that blesses and inspires others. God specializes in fresh starts.”

Consider those whose lives continue to make a difference. Paul, before his conversion, persecuted the church. People died because of his radical way. Yet, thirteen letters come from the hand of this man whose life was transformed by his encounter with Christ.

David, who wrote many of the Psalms, committed adultery and murder. He was viewed as “a man after God’s own heart.” Peter who denied even knowing Jesus became the vessel God used to birth the church and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Rahab was a harlot. The list could go on and on. My point is God can use imperfect people.

I want to close this meditation with a thought about how we can find or know God’s will for our lives. I believe the key to knowing God’s will is doing God’s will. We need to faithfully do what is right, what we know we should do as a follower of our wonderful LORD.

In John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
God is holy. God is separate from and other than all creation. There is none like Him. There is none beside him. He is righteous, He is pure, He is holiness dwelling in unapproachable light. (1 Timothy 6:16)

It is a great privilege to be a child of God. But, with privilege comes responsibility. It is our responsibility to conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects God’s holiness, to live lives that are easily recognized from those in the world around us. When we live this way, we position ourselves to receive more light from God who loves us. We will know more perfectly God’s unfolding plan for our lives.

In His Glory,
Pastor Leonard