Reading: Exodus 12:1-2
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.
I've reached the Exodus. This is really something. The Book of Exodus is so challenging in many ways and yet very encouraging. But for this post I want to focus on something that I've never thought about from the Book of Exodus. "This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you."
For some reason, it hasn't hit me until last week when I first read it. This verse hit me hard and I had to let it sink in for a while to see if anything in my mind would change regarding this, but it has not changed at all. Instead, I got more and more into this truth.
We, as a people, are governed by times and seasons. New hour, new day, new month, new year, etc. The stars in the sky tells us of those things. In fact, in Genesis, in the beginning, God made the moon and the stars to tell us time --> Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years," So with that, it's clear that we have been moving by this system for a long time....so how can God just suddenly, in the middle, or rather, while the year has already started, say to Moses and the people that this month will be the first month of the year for them.
Here is why it hit me. God is outside of time. God didn't make time for Himself, but for us people. He isn't affected by time at all. God is the one who has the final say about time since He is the master of time. This means that my new year, my new beginning can begin at any moment. I don't have to be so concerned with this or that, but only the voice of God.
God said, "It shall be the first month of the year for you." So it doesn't matter what others are doing or what time table they are on. All that matters is where I am at right now in the time table that God has for me. When He says to me that this is my new beginning, I want to be ready. I need to be ready. But if I am not, I know that God will instruct me just as He did to Moses about how to observe the Passover.
Moses was a very insecure man. So God sent him Aaron to help him. But it did not change the fact that Moses was still the head. Moses had to follow the voice of God everyday. And He had to properly communicate it to the chosen people. Aaron had to follow and do what was instructed. In their obedience, they saw signs and wonders like never seen before.
Heavenly Father, as I fight to keep you first in all that I do, please honor me that I may continue to move forward with You. You know how stubborn I can be. You know how disobedient and rebellious I can be. But LORD, in Your love and mercy, speak to me. Speak to me clearly and You know I will obey You no matter the cost. You are worth more than anything I could ever have. I want to obey You. I must obey You for the sake of those whom You will bring in contact with me. I want to lead them to You. I want them to be free from the bondage of their minds. LORD, my God, do this for me. I don't want to be iron willed against Your word, but I want to be iron willed in obeying Your word. LORD, please bless me and enlarge my territory.