Can you remember your slavery, when you were unable to free yourself from the bondage of sin? Do you remember when Christ set you free? It was worth the wait, wasn't it? So let the celebration begin!
Changing Wanderers into Worshippers: From the Exodus to the Promised Land
Do you ever feel like you’re wandering through life without a strong sense of purpose or a clear sense of direction? While we all experience such seasons, they don’t have to be all we experience.
God enjoys turning wandering people into worshippers, transforming drifters into pilgrims who receive His words, follow His ways, believe His promises, and enjoy His presence. That’s exactly the work He began through Moses who led the people out of Egypt to Sinai and eventually into the promised land.
Join Chuck Swindoll on this adventure with Moses, Joshua, Caleb, and the rest of the Israelites so we can learn with them what it means to worship the one, true God and to follow His leading in our day.
Moses—who was getting his travel directions from God—seemed to be taking a roundabout way to get to the ultimate destination. But God has a way of doing the unusual—from our perspective—to accomplish the remarkable.
Before our Saviour was born, God set the stage, so Christ could come in “the fullness of time.” So, we shouldn't be surprised that before the exodus from Egypt, God prepared Moses and the people for a life of worship.
The Hebrews were given God's miraculous protection that encouraged their obedience. God gave them His Law that resulted in their fearing Him. To become generous, God took them through an entirely different and extensive project.
The Apostle Paul was an experienced fundraiser. The gifts he received from churches went far beyond meeting physical needs; they were an eternal investment. Another master fundraiser for eternal investments was Moses.
“He is also head of the body, the church…so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything” (Colossians 1:18). If we were to put this verse into one overriding statement, it would be this: take God very seriously.
After 400 years of slavery to build edifices for a pagan king, God miraculously rescued the ancient Hebrews. When Pharaoh threatened to wipe them out at the Red Sea, God miraculously delivered them. It was time to celebrate, not complain.
The Christian life is the life of faith, but if we fail here, a shipwreck will occur…as it did to a whole generation of Hebrews. Compared to their failure, the Titanic and the Valdez were minor accidents.
Few positions carry with them more weight of personal responsibility than that borne by those who speak for God and those who claim to be called by Him.
The ancient Hebrews were like a child who loved to sing a silly song over and over…“same song, a little bit louder, and little bit worse.” And God wasn't amused.
We often go back to basics when we come to an event that requires renewed determination. That's where the Hebrews were in the book of Deuteronomy. The people had been wandering in the wilderness but were now almost home.
Changes are tough. And they were tough for the Hebrews when Moses passed off the scene, and they had a new leader to follow.
Life is full of overwhelming impossibilities. So how do you stand toe-to-toe with your opponent and do battle? You do it with the only weapon available to us: faith.
Not only does God know all that is done, He ultimately exposes the truth so that all will know…and the consequences are often tragic.
Some people are much older at 40 than others are at 70. Why? Attitude! To build up attitude muscles, forget your age, focus on your goals, and remember to follow your God.
Joshua's journey had come to an end and he poured out his soul to his people. He was deeply concerned about their willingness to compromise their convictions and co-exist with the Canaanites. And so, Joshua delivered his final message of warning.