Editor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from March 7-13 are provided by Kate Moon. Kate has been serving the Lord in E. Asia for nearly 15 years.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
“When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons. 30 After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to look more closely, he heard the Lord’s voice: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’”
In some ways, all of the Kung Fu Panda movies are about the lead character Po’s search for identity. In the first, we know from the moment he calls a goose “Dad” that he is going to have to deal with this question of where he “really” came from some day. In the second, he begins to have flashbacks of seeing his panda mother, and in the third, he meets his biological father for the first time, and the recognition is immediate. They have the same coloring, build and appetite, and as his panda dad takes him back to the village to meet more of his species, we can feel with Po his sense of wonder, happiness and joy at discovering there are others like him.
Moses, like Po, was adopted. He had lived in his father’s house for only three months (v. 20) before he was set adrift in the river. Moses grows up neither fully belonging to the Egyptian palace where he was raised nor to the enslaved race to whom he was related by blood. As he flees from a major conflict where his two worlds would have collided, we can imagine him finding solace and a semblance of peace as a complete foreigner in the land of Midian. Not having to be between two worlds was in some ways easier, but it also meant that he had given up on belonging anywhere at all. It is in this place that God comes to look for him, finds him, and tells him who he is. God tells him that his fathers were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and that He was their God. Moses belonged to Him.
“Where did I come from? Who is my father?” Such questions are important to us because they have to do with our sense of identity, knowing who we are and where we belong, knowing that we are not alone and that our existence has some greater context and therefore meaning. Do we have peace, joy and security in who we are today because we know full well who our Father is?
God of heaven, thank you for being my Father. Thank you for coming to find me to tell me who I am. I am your beloved, your creation, your child. Help me to live like a child of yours ought to live today. In the name of Jesus through whom I’ve become your very own I pray, Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Revelation 18
Lunch Break Study
Read Acts 17:24-29: “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.”
Questions to Consider
- Why did God create the world and everything in it, including human beings (vv. 24-27)?
- Who is God to us (vv. 28-29)?
- What quality do we share with God and what is the significance of this fact (v. 29)? What are we treating as divine (i.e., worshipping or turning to as our source of help) today?
- He created us so that we would seek him and find him. What does it mean to “find” God but to experience him, come to know him, and have a relationship with him?
- God sustains our very existence, our every moment and every breath. He is the answer to our question, “Where did we come from?”
- Both we and God are spiritual beings. Because we are spirit, in our search for God, we won’t be satisfied until we see someone else who is spirit like us. Along the way, we may temporarily mistake created things for him, but because we are spirit, worship of created things will never truly satisfy.
“Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth, would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt? Who am I, that the bright and morning star, would choose to light the way, for my ever wandering heart? Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done; not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are. I am a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow, a wave tossed in the ocean, a vapor in the wind. Still You hear me when I’m calling, Lord, You catch me when I’m falling, and You’ve told me who I am: I am Yours.”
~ Casting Crowns, “Who am I” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7k81rDx448