The daughter of Pharaoh found Moses floating down the river in a basket and adopted him. Although Moses was born a Hebrew, he grew up in the home of Pharaoh. As a young man, Moses witnessed an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. Moses killed the Egyptian (Exodus 2:12). Fearing he would be found out, he ran away to Midian, leaving behind the convenience, comfort, and control of being the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. In Midian, Moses married, had a son, and lived a good and simple life.
Then one day, God spoke to Moses in the form of a burning bush. God told Moses, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt” (Exodus 3:7). Moses listened and was amazed by the bush that didn’t burn up. God spoke many things to Moses and then said, “Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10).
Moses didn’t want to go. He protested to God that the people wouldn’t believe him. But God promised to be with Moses, to convince the people and Pharaoh. So Moses decided to leave his life, again. He had faith in the power of God—Moses knew God would honor his promise.
Because Moses had witnessed the Egyptian cruelty imposed on the Hebrews, it likely made a significant impact on his decision to, once again, leave the convenience and comfort of his life and his family to venture out in faith. Moses once had enough compassion for the Hebrews that it caused him to take another man’s life. Now, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob was promising to be with him so that he could approach the situation with more power than he had ever known before. Although Moses didn’t cross over to the promised land, God was with him all the way, and the Hebrews were freed from slavery.
Being in a relationship with God makes all the difference when you’re faced with uncomfortable inconvenience or about to embark on an adventure. I look back over my life and remember situations in which God asked me to give up something in order to be a blessing to someone else. God’s blessings and bounty in my life are undeniable. I don’t deserve any of them, but Jesus made me worthy by dying on that cross for my sin. He can do the same for you and anyone who calls on his name!
Is God calling you to give up some comfort or convenience to make a difference in the life of someone else? Do you have faith that God will fulfill his promises?
Read the stories of Moses in Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers. Think about the comfort and conveniences Moses had to let go of to follow God’s will. Meditate on what God has asked you to let go of to bless your life or for you to be a blessing.
God, you are my Father, most holy and worthy of my praise. Thank you for the courage it takes to let go of my own desire to make a difference in the life of another. Help me to see where you are at work in my surroundings and strengthen me to join you there. Open the eyes of my heart Lord, that my legacy would be as a servant of the most high God. This world, this country, these people need you. I lift them up to you Lord—have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and lead us in life everlasting. Amen.
This post was written by Julie Estep. Julie loves her husband John and their combined five adult children and four grandchildren. Her favorite activities are walking their two dogs and golfing. She loves sharing her faith and is grateful for the chance to be a LIO contributor.
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