Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We Reflect on Our Family, Part 2

Scripture: Exodus 18:3-4
and her two sons, of whom one was named Gershom, for Moses said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land." The other was named Eliezer, for he said, "The God of my father was my help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh."

Insights:  Today’s verses are the second part of our reflection on our family.  Moses tells us some details as to the names of his two sons.  Both of these truths were true for Moses, but they also hold a prophetic word for Christ-followers as well.  For those of us who have received the gift of salvation that comes through Jesus Christ, we are also sojourners in this world.  Let me clarify what I mean by receiving Jesus’ gift of salvation.  You were once lost and dependent on yourselves for salvation and you failed miserably as every human being ever born does.  The Holy Spirit of God began to draw on your heart and you responded and received this gift Jesus purchased on the Cross of Calvary and in His resurrection.  You are born again and the Spirit of God lives within you, making you a new creation.  You are not perfect and you still sin, but God lives in you and makes you holy.  He does the entire work and as a result you get to enter heaven when you die (or when He returns for His Bride).  If these words describe you, then your citizenship is not here on earth.  Your citizenship is in heaven, your true home.  We, therefore, are sojourners just like Moses was a sojourner in a foreign land.  Moses’ second son was named because God had continually shown His help to Moses.  Thank the Lord that after we have been born again, saved from our sin; we are not called to do the work ourselves.  Jesus promises to never leave us nor forsake us.  He promises to be with us to the very end of the age.  We do not have that promise only, but we are also told that if we abide in Him we can do all things.  Our ability to do all things is not based on who we are or how strong we are, but rather on Jesus and His strength and ability.  He is our help to face whatever trail is in front of us.  That trial can be domestic relationships, business politics, health issues, economic concerns, emotional turmoil and the list could go on and on.  The point is Jesus will help us in each of these situations.

  1. Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior and become a sojourner in this land?
  2. In what ways has the Lord helped you in recent days?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the salvation You purchased for me and for Your continual presence and help in my life.  May I always be grateful and mindful of Your work and obediently respond to Your love in like manner. Amen.

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