Week 5: Moses in the Wilderness
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Exodus 20:2
It’s hard to know what to do and what decisions to make, especially as we grow older and our span of responsibility and freedom grows. Thoughts like “Is what I’m doing right or wrong?” and “How do I know what I’m supposed to do?” probably rule our minds more than we’d like them to. Not only do we struggle with making the right decisions, but we also struggle because we’re human and sometimes (more often than we’d probably like to admit), we want to do what’s viewed as wrong.
The reason that we have this struggle is because God made us to enjoy His creation and find pleasure in it. It’s when we twist those desires and put them in God’s place in our lives that we start to sin and abuse the good things He has given us. Like Paul, we do the things we don’t want to do and don’t do the things we want to. And it’s not just a one-time struggle; it’s a daily struggle that seems to never stop.
In Exodus 20, God gave Moses the 10 Commandments to give and teach the Israelites. It may have felt like God was giving the Israelites, and even us, a list of all the things they weren’t allowed to do, but what God was doing through these commandments was setting up guidelines so that the Israelites could live in freedom and righteousness. Not committing adultery, murder, or stealing can quickly feel like tasks to check off a list, but God asks these things of us so that we can eliminate distraction and sin from our lives in order to be in closer, deeper relationship with Him.
If you’re facing a decision that you don’t know the answer to, or if you’re frustrated by the boundaries and rules you feel like are in your life, you can always run to God and follow God’s rules, because they were set up for your good and future in mind. God was intentional in asking of us what He knows will help us and lead us down the path to abundant life and freedom in His name.
Questions to think about:
- Who do you normally turn to for advice?
- Do you view the boundaries God has placed in your life as negative or positive?
- How can a shift in your perspective and attitude allow you to live in more freedom and in closer relationship with Jesus?