Today’s Reading: Exodus 2:11-3:22 (additional reading Psalm 22:1-18 and Proverbs 5:7-14)
Key Verse: “When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.”Exodus 2:15
Yesterday that most people want to believe their name or reputation or acts will make a big difference in our world. Moses was no different. He wanted to make a difference; for his world and for his people (the Israelites). Day after day, for forty years, he had witnessed his people be beaten and abused under the cruelty of his very own stepfather. He wanted to make a difference. But how could he?
We read Moses grew up under the “system” of the Egyptians. He knew how to handle himself among the “royalty.” As Moses grew up he was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. (Acts 7:22) So if you look at the man on the surface, he was a natural born leader. He had the very things that people look for in their leaders: good looks, great speaking ability, and a royal family – an inside track.
Moses wanted to make a difference, he wanted to use his gifts, and he wanted to save his people, but when he tried it his way, it backfired. He had to run to Midian and live with people that he had never met. He ended up miles away from the very people he was trying to free.
Instead of living as a statesman in the palace, Moses lived as a shepherd in the desert. It wasn’t until Moses was eighty years old that God would finally call him for the work that Moses felt he was ready to do forty years earlier.
Yet, even in the midst of this exile, there were blessings from God. While he was there, God gave him a wife by the name of Zipporah and an intelligent priest and father in law by the name of Jethro. Later on, when he would lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he would then be travelling through land that he was familiar with and used to. But most importantly, this forty year hold on his mission taught Moses humility. He had many years to think about and regret the murder that he committed. Numbers 12:3 actually says that Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. The time in the desert taught him that even though he had talents, they were to be used under the direction of God – not at his own discretion. With that humility, Moses would then be able to handle the ridicule and rejection of the Israelites without taking it personally. He would be able to be patient with them and pray for them. With these gifts, he would be able to make the difference.
If you’ve been blessed with great gifts that you really want to use for the glory of God’s kingdom and you want to make a difference, what’s the main lesson in today’s story? Wait for God’s time!
It’s so easy to get angry, frustrated or even quit and leave when you feel you have talents that aren’t being used. It takes humility and patience to wait for God’s timing. You may also end up waiting until you’re eighty years old or more! That might have seemed like too long but Moses still served God for forty more years of his life while he waited. Wating doesn’t mean doing nothing, it means preparation. So don’t worry, – God knows when and how and where you should use your talents.
- Have you every tried to do something in your time and not God’s?
- Do you feel frustrated as you wait on God’s season?
- How can you serve while you wait? How is God preparing you?
Father, Thank You that your time is always the perfect time. Thank You that You give us gifts that we can use to help others and serve you. Help to be changed by You that we may glorify Your name. In Jesus name, Amen