God-sent Faith Boosters

Written by Julie Cosgrove

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“And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure,  which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. (Luke 9:30-31)

Jesus goes up to the mountain to pray with the two disciples he trusted the most. John was a solid man he knew he could trust no matter what, and Peter had proclaimed him to be the Messiah. Surely he could count on these two in the days to come.

But God in His wisdom sent Jesus two other men – Moses and Elijah. Both had done God’s will, and been heartbroken by the lack of response from the rebellious children of God. Moses led the Hebrews through the wilderness after miraculous examples of God’s love and power. Yet they still whined, made the golden calf to worship and pleaded over and over  to go back into slavery, and death.

Elijah was to be the first of the great prophets to proclaim the truth to the people of God. His time on earth was under King Ahab  – one of the most misguided rulers of all who traded his faith for Jezebel and led his people astray. Both Moses and Elijah felt alone in the sea of rebellious people but stuck fast, fervent  to God’s calling. God never left Elijah’s side and provided for him during the famine. God also provided for Moses.

The Heavenly Father sent two of the holiest men that ever lived to His Son who was about to take the pathway which would eventually lead to his suffering and death. What a blessing it must have been to Jesus to have these men who had been taken up into Heaven appear in glory (without sin) and speak with him.

The Greek word for “departure” in verse 31 really  means “exodus”. I think Luke’s use of the word is God-given and purposeful. Jesus was about to embark on an exodus for the sins of all men.  God knew His Son would face the same thing Elijah and Moses had faced – a heart hardened and rebellious people who refused to understand. But Jesus’ would not be taken up in a cloud like Moses and Elijah – not yet. Not until he suffered and died for you and me.

I am not sure what Moses and Elijah  said to Jesus, but I am sure they were words of powerful encouragement and faith. Jesus knew their story and what their appearance meant. It must have bolstered Jesus’ faith to the max –  just what he needed to make it through his mission on earth.  No wonder his face shone and his clothes became white, just as they had with Moses. Jesus was in God’s presence. He knew without a doubt his Father would provide, no matter what.

Who are your Moses and Elijah? When you are facing tough times and, even though you believe you are following God, nothing is going the way it should, take your faith walk one step further.  Believe  your Heavenly Father will send someone to bolster you and remind you God provides. It may be an earthly soul who will pray you through it, or it may be only the two you need the most – Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. Know you will not have to stand alone. Emanuel – God is with you.

 Questions: Who or what do you need to transfigure your faith right now? Or, if you don’t need that, to whom is God sending you to be their Moses or Elijah?

4 Responses to “God-sent Faith Boosters”

  • Jeff Neil says:

    Here is a faith-booster for you. Feel free to contribute your own too.


  • Claire Colvin Claire Colvin says:

    Hi Donna, I have subscribed you to the daily devotional as requested. You should get your first devo tomorrow morning. I’m not sure why the subscription page wasn’t working but I’ll look into it.

  • Donna Headley says:

    Could you please send me a free subscription to your daily devotionals? I tried to sign up on the devotional website but it didn’t work.
    Thank you!

  • Nikki Sterling says:

    WOW….This is great….

    I think we all need faith boosters from time to time.
    Everything was great in the beginning; we got filled with the Holy Spirit
    and we were full of faith. Nothing could shake us; but as the years go by
    and those small pesky or large frustrating problems arises our faith might weaver a little.
    It’s not in the beginning or at the end that get’s us. We have that hope inside of us that in the end we will be with Jesus in glory.
    It’s everything that falls in the middle. I called it “the in between”.

    It’s in those times that we need those faith boosters; the ones that can renew out strength; the ones that said hold on just a while longer; the ones that reminds us that we can do all things through Christ.

    Thanks this was a great faith booster for me today..

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