“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command" (Hebrews 11:23).
In this Scripture portion, it is noted as "They saw he (Moses) was a beautiful child. But in other translations it has been noted as "A man of divine beauty" and "According to the plan of God who is perfect, Moses was born beautiful."
NOT TO BE SLUGGISH!
“But you have come to ......an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22).
I have seen many pictures of angels in many homes during my visits. One such picture will portray when a boy is about to cross a bridge made of wooden planks, the wooden planks are broken and an angel will protect the boy under his wings and safely carry him to the other side.
“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish.......” (Hebrews 6:11).
God has given you so many inheritances and also the promises to inherit them. One who promised you is faithful and so you will receive them definitely. There are three things which you should follow. Paul the Apostle lists them out this way. Firstly, one should not be weary, secondly one should have faith and the third requirement is enduring patience.
NOT TO BE TROUBLED!
“But now having been set free from sin and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness and the end, everlasting life” (Romans 6:22).
Once upon a time, you were the slaves to sins and other dirty bad habits. But you have been truly delivered now because it is God who delivered you. At the same time, you should not forget that you remain as slaves to God.
“Yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me” (Luke 18:5).
God is not only the one to hear your prayers but also one to answer them. God told a parable to insist that one should always have to pray and not to lose heart.
“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you” (Mark 14:36).
This is a part of Jesus Christ's prayer. He called the Lord "Abba, Father" and prayed in a heart-melting manner. He has also given a model for you to follow while praying.
LIKE A STRANGER!
Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times” (Mark 14:30).
That rooster crowed against sin and revealed Peter’s treason. Dear children of God, you also need to raise your voice against the sin as that rooster did.
“I was a stranger and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35).
One day when Jesus Christ was seated on the white throne, looked at the people on His right side and told them, "I was a stranger and you took me in." They were surprised at this and asked, "...When did we see you a stranger and take you in?" To this, Jesus Christ replied, “And the king will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40).
A THING OF GLORY!
“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37, 38).
This is a prayer request given by God to you. God shares His burden with you and expects you to pray for His prayer request. Yes. Labourers are needed for the harvest.
“You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God” (Isaiah 62:3).
Meditate on how the hand of God would be. It is a hand which holds seven big, bright stars. It is not only a hand doing mighty things but also a hand pierced with nails for your sake. God is holding you with that hand. He is holding you as the crown of glory and a royal diadem.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
The big grace which God has given to the religion of Christianity is forgiveness. You should not value this forgiveness cheaply. You should never be presumptuous with the wrong interpretation that when God is there to forgive, one can commit sins any number of times.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news” (Isaiah 52:7).
God is so happy in finding that the feet of the evangelist who brings the Good News are beautiful. Today, beauty contests are conducted in various parts of the country at state, national as well as international levels and prizes are being awarded.
“.....you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you” (Isaiah 30:19).
The path of tears is not a permanent one. God never allows you to be tested beyond what you can bear. God comforts you with love saying, "You shall weep no more."
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:22).
"Who deal truthfully are His delight." When you act truthfully God will shower His perfect blessings upon you. Since God is truthful, He expects truth from you too.
“You number my wanderings” (Psalms 56:8).
With all faith, David prayed God saying, "You number my wanderings; put my tears into your bottle". No one likes to include wanderings in their lives. Their wish will be to stay put in one place and live. Peaceful life alone is their preference but at times they have to cross through the path of wandering.
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalms 42:2).
Thirst over God is the sign for the Spiritual healthiness. This should find a place in the divinity of the inner man, holiness and the perfection of the Spiritual life.
“Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this” (Job 12:9).
Some years ago, when the labourers were digging a mine, they found a big diamond there. Their wish was that the diamond found should decorate the crown of their king and so they sent it to him. The king gave the diamond to a sculptor for engraving the same to the correct size to suit the crown and also to polish it.
IN ITS TIME!
“Who does great things and unsearchable, marvellous things without number” (Job 5:9).
Indeed, you are ordinary people but God who dwells in you is very special. He is the one to perform miracles. Why does God perform miracles? The reason is that He is filled with compassion. Yes, it is His love, affection, mercy, kindness and compassion which bring miracles in your life.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
God is one who does everything beautiful and in its time. In many a time, you may show urgency but He will slowly make things happen in its time wonderfully.
“...Naaman .... was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper” (II Kings 5:1).
The Scripture praises Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army in many ways. "A good Commander, a great and honourable man in the eyes of his master, he had things in plenty, leading the Syrian army he brought numerous victories, he is a mighty man," to name a few. The verse at the top says that all these greatness were of no value as he was infected with leprosy, a dreaded disease. Indeed the great things were many but that one disadvantage made all his opulence into nothing.