“Then, as before, I threw myself down before the Lord for forty days and nights. I ate no bread and drank no water because of the great sin you had committed by doing what the Lord hated, provoking him to anger. Deuteronomy 9:25 NLT
Moses is having a serious conversation with the people of Israel. They were about to cross Jordan and they were beginning to feel great about themselves. That blessing from God was a result of their righteous living, they believed. The next step was to drive out the inhabitants in the land and take possession. However Moses told them, “It is not because you are so good or have such integrity that you are about to occupy their land. The Lord your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Verse 5. Their blessing was a result of a covenant God made with Abraham.
So God’s blessing had nothing to do with their righteousness. While they were in the wilderness, Moses went up on Mount Sinai to meet with God. While he was there, they did evil in the sight of the Lord when they make a golden calf and worshipped it. God wanted to destroy them; however Moses intervened by going before God on behalf of the people.
Leadership is less about what’s best for you and more about the benefit of the people you serve. Their actions violated the first commandment God gave Moses in Exodus 20. It said that they should not have any other God but the LORD, their God. God’s people were not supposed to bow down and worship false gods; yet that is exactly what they did. Moses went before God, he laid aside the possibility of any gain or fame for himself and did was right for those he served. Moses was truly a servant leader.
Thought for Today: Friends, let’s serve God as we serve others faithfully.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.