Friday, October 12, 2012

Life Map (Featured Daily Devotion)

Day 9


Life Map

Hebrews 11:27

By faith [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

   Counselors and life-coaches will often have their clients construct a “life map”---a visual representation of the major periods and events in their life leading up to the present. A life map can also project into the future as a set of goals.

   No one could have constructed a more concise and balanced life map at the end of life than Moses. The hero of Israel died at the age of 120 after living through three periods of 40 years each. His first 40 years were spent being raised in royalty in Egypt. The second 40 years were spent in humility as a shepherd in Midian. And the last 40 years were spent shepherding Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan. Moses’ life looked orderly in hindsight, but it probably didn’t feel that way to him while living it. His secret was to continue doing the next right thing that God revealed.

   Looking back, life looks like the front of a tapestry---a beautifully-woven image. In process, life can look like the back of the tapestry---knots, tie-offs, and dangling threads. The secret is to trust that the final image will make beautiful sense, just as it did in Moses’ life.

Recommended Reading Hebrews 11:23-28


Doubt breeds distress but trust means joy in the long run.

Charles Spurgeon

From: David Jeremiah’s “Turning Points” Magazine and Devotional

Turning Points