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Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 10:30 am

Romans 8:28 All things work together to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Outside of Jesus, no one in the Bible probably gets more notoriety than Moses. Yet, as revered as Moses is, he was deeply flawed. Consider this, In Exodus 2:11-12, he murdered a man. In verses 3, 4, he argues with God on how to rescue the Hebrews from Egypt. He really lost his temper as we see in chapter 32:19 when the Israelites sinned. And in Numbers 20:6-12, he is forbidden to enter the Promised Land because he disobeyed God.

But Deuteronomy 34 says he died full of grace and favor with the Lord because basically, he got up more times than he fell down. He was the chosen deliverer of the Hebrews. In fact, he is mentioned in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament figure. Yet, how can he with all his mistakes and foibles be so revered even in three religions- Christianity, Judaism and even Islam.

Well, he is the perfect mix of failure and faith. He was not perfect. He did mess up a lot. He had fears and doubts and feet of clay even though he often was bold and courageous. He failed many times. He was human. Yet, he was, indeed, brave, faithful, outspoken, compassionate, and loyal. He kept his eye on the prize. He stayed focused and did not cave in when his heart told him. No one could sway him from the truth. He was, in short, a failure but also faithful. And God did not ever give up on him. God honored his faithfulness instead of rejecting him for his failures.

Therein lies a great lesson for us. We all fail. I have, you have. Sometimes, most of the time it happens when we still have the best of intentions. But we must never give up. As God used Moses mightily, He will use you if you let Him.

Too many people quit on themselves and on others. They have everything in front of them and good things ahead and yet they give in and give up and then wonder later where they blew it. Then Satan likes to come along and condemn them, put them down, and lay guilt on them. But God is a God of restoration and redemption. As with Moses, He does not give up on us. It is yet another reason we need only His approval and no one else’s.

We worry so much about what others think and we fall so much under others control that we fail to recognize that we need to let God be in control. Moses learned that; David learned that and many more Biblical figures and we need to as well.

We are all going to fail but we can be like Moses and get up like a great prizefighter and get off the canvas and keep pressing ahead. We can juxtaposition faith with our failures and let me tell you, faith will win out.

Moses did not learn all the lessons he learned when he was being raised in Pharaoh’s palace. Some had to be learned the forty years in the deserts of Midian when he was exiled. But he did learn them. He learned that faith will win out. He saw God’s faithfulness to him firsthand in adversity. He learned humility and patience.

Christians are not perfect. None of the Biblical figures were except Jesus. We can be down by our mistakes and flaws and down on other people because of theirs. But God is not. He knows we, like Moses, are mixtures of faith and failure. The trick is that we always never give in to our failures and that we continue and even intensify our faith walk. It is critical that, like Moses, we get up one more time than we are knocked down or fall down. God is always there ready to dust us off and do something positive in us and through us. The key is not giving in to our failures and giving up on Him. Moses did not. Hence, a great and good man. A man of God.

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