Have you ever realized that you have gotten caught up in a thought or two, and were even distracted by them and just knew those thoughts weren’t necessary?
Often times we cause our own internal grief and turmoil by placing our mental attention on past events and then convincing ourselves it is what is based in the future – when in reality, we cannot possibly know that as truth. We do not know what lies ahead, nor do we know the hearts or minds of others involved -because we are not them. Many times we are even unsure of our own thinking, because we too, change our own minds from one event to the next and therefore it is impossible to set in concrete the “knowing” of thoughts and actions of another person based on their history, when we cannot even do the same of our selves, as we even change, grow and become renewed or just different from one event or moment to the next.
Even event(s) change because they are in a different time frame, regardless if they are similar in format or not. There will still be differences in the sense that time has passed between each event, thus other events have transpired in between which have effected and/or compacted each and every individual and their thinking processes and life experiences -so the reality is that nothing is the same, aside from the general structure of perhaps the planning mode of the said event. There is another approach to daily life however and even discovering a deeper purpose and greater sense of value. Lets explore that a little more.
As we have this in mind we have an opportunity to take a look at history from a learning point of view and greater example. Explore here a glimpse of Moses life out of the Biblical scriptures in Hebrews, Chapter 11.
Hebrews 11:24 (NIV); “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” ~ We see by Moses’ faith, when he grew up, that he has refused to be treated as the Pharaoh’s daughters – son.
Hebrews 11:25 (NIV); “He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” ~ Here he chooses to share oppression with the people verses what was know as the pleasures of that time.
Hebrews 11:26 (NIV); “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”~ Moses thought it better to take higher regard in his choices in life for the sake of Christ as motivation verses the value of his treasure and gain of Egypt, as he was looking for a greater gain and insight/reward with his God.
Hebrews 11:27 (NIV); “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”~ Moses left Egypt, not out of fear or anger, but by his faith; he maintained his inner focus on that which requires faith to perceive with higher senses -God.
Hebrews 11:28 (NIV); “By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.”~ It was by the same faith that Moses had the awareness and knowing/direction to lead the people of his time to keep the Passover and complete the sprinkling of blood, saving the firstborn children.
Some wonderful events that happened with or through Moses during his time as recorded in the Old Testament has been: receiving the Ten Commandments from God and leading the children of Israel out of captivity and slavery of Egypt.
Moses was not considered a perfect person in any way. He made many mistakes along the way and was just as ordinary as any one of as today. He did make extra ordinary accomplishments in his lifetime. He realized his life value and purpose; the significance in faith by the simplicity of being aware and then acting the moment he was called to do so. In doing what was his ordinary every day events, acting, listening and participating -learning with opening mind and heart, his realized value in his life, significance in the greatest relationship of all, and therefore lived his life to his fullest potential, having implemented the gifts he was called to use in his lifetime.
Maybe that raises a few questions in your mind, such as, why God was able to use Moses so readily. How is that possible for me, now? Actually, it’s pretty easy, by clarifying some simple fundamental questions.
Basic questions that you clarify, that Moses did -which you can:
1) Who am I? (Clarify your identity.)
2) What are my choices? (Assess & set your priorities.)
3) How should I live? (Clarify & know your integrity -commit.)
4) How can I be safe? (Clarify & ensure your internal/external security.)
Reviewing question #1, clarifying your identity as Moses, we take a look at Hebrews 11:24 noting again that by Moses’ faith, when he grew up, that he has refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
So the clarifying process is:
1) Shall I live as an Egyptian and live as an heir of Pharaoh, or as we in today’s understanding, would be driven by worldly needs only and led by my need to have more of what is in the world -be it material things, fulfilling physical, mental or emotional gratifications… or;
2) Shall I live as a Jew and become heir of the unconditional and omnipotent Creator, or as it would be understood today; live by becoming more aware of my actions, thoughts and behavior – so that I may know that I am responsible for my attitude in response to what is and can choose to trust that which is not in my control to the unlimited Creator, by my faith alone and act when I become enlightened to do so.
Reviewing question #2, assessing and setting your priorities as Moses, we take a look at Hebrews 11:25 noting how he chooses to share oppression with the people vs. what was know as the pleasures of that time. Today it doesn’t necessarily mean to choose oppression per se’. Each individual will need to assess for themselves what is right or not internally, not as by comparison to another; this, otherwise, mean prioritizing your faith ahead of your worldly goals and allowing this to be your guide to and/or with your worldly goals.
Matthew 6:30-31 (NIV); “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?'”
In question #3, to clarify, know and commit to your integrity as Moses; we review Hebrews 11:26 where he thought it better to take higher regard in his choices in life for the sake of Christ as motivation verses the value of his treasure and gain of Egypt (today, our worldly possessions, obsessions & monetary gains as being first priority vs. second and in response to our motivation to our faith and gain/insight from God), as he was looking for a greater gain and insight/reward with his God.
Note, also, in Hebrews 11:27, where Moses left Egypt, not out of fear or anger, but by his faith; he maintained his inner focus on that which requires faith to perceive with higher senses -God. Today, we can maintain the same clarity and integrity of faith by choosing to lead our life decisions in faith and awareness verses just responding out of fear, anger, bitterness, resentment, cynicism, lethargy or doubt. We can choose to first believe in hope, without knowing what is to come and trust in an unlimited Creator and maintain a life of integrity for your self and the integrity of those you love and serve.
In question #4, to clarify and ensure security internally/externally as Moses; we review Hebrews 11:28 which by the same faith that Moses had the awareness and knowing/direction to lead the people of his time to keep the Passover and complete the sprinkling of blood, saving the firstborn children. Today it is also finding that same inner direction which creates and then ensures the sense of security by consistent practice of listening and following through on ones faith in the “higher knowing” that is directed from God. Consistently acting according to this awareness; this intuition; guidance, by faith, allows one to “see” the external results and thus experience the external security or physical affirmation that the human mind often seeks after.
The heart knows it only needs faith and it alone is at peace with this knowing; the mind seeks after the worldly and physical experience -which only comes after the foundation is set in faith in order to follow through in action to receive sight and respond to the correct direction one is to go to receive their affirmation in physical form. God is already everywhere, but because the human mind is so limited in what it will or will not accept, and we are given free agency to choose; God uses our faith to lead us to what our limited minds will also accept as an affirmation so we will also continue to love and follow willingly and he can continue to love and guide us peacefully, joyfully and unlimitedly.
In conclusion, we may realize, just with Moses, God chooses us because we were created. Sometime in our life we make our own conscious choice to seek after the Creator. One of the first steps to personal freedom is realizing and becoming aware of your own thoughts and actions, as well as not trying to be anything but whom you are -just you and no one else. You are no more and no less for what you do or don’t have in material possessions, for how much you know or don’t know or for any specific emotional state or being either.
A person is truly far better off in the long run, to have had experienced loss in the physical and worldly sense (i.e. loss of job, an assumed friendship, material possessions, etc) than have never experienced an intimate relationship with the unlimited Creator and discover what may be provided by his means and/or be loved through loved ones who’s love emanates from the love of this Creator, becomes an experience that can become without words, however enlivens the heart beyond anything that just physical passions could ever offer.
Last, but not least, a realization that happiness is also determined by character. Character can be determined by ones choices; and choices can be determined by ones values. Ones values can be determined by ones vision. What will be or where will be your vision beginning this day? I invite you to take this moment for consideration. Blessings on your life journey.