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A Moses Example

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One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsfolk. (Exodus 2:11)


Moses was called by God, and that call was affirmed by Moses’ compassion. He could not stand idly by and watch pain and injustice take place. Moses saw even the Israelite slaves as human beings, worthy of respect and dignity. He was willing to place his life in jeopardy, if it meant bringing about a just society.


Sadly, if I had been Moses, there would only be the book of Genesis! I probably would have been seriously upset by the inhumanity, but I would have spent an inordinate amount of time contemplating how my actions would affect my future. Where would I go, when I was kicked out of Egypt? Would I be an anathema? Would it affect my pension?


Thank goodness, Moses wasn’t more like me! Moses did what was right for the whole community and not what was best for himself. Humility is a theme throughout the Bible, and it continues with Moses. He was willing to sacrifice for the greater good. He was willing to sacrifice for those who could not help themselves.


Today, offer your confession for the ways you’ve failed to step up in your Moses type moment. Each of us have been given Moses moments, in which we pretended not to see the injustice. Then pray for the courage to look beyond ourselves, and notice those in need. God brings people to us when God recognizes we have the ability to make a positive difference. Humbly accept the challenge. It may have difficult repercussions, but being comfortable isn’t always part of God’s play for your life or mine. Comfort isn’t always as beneficial as meaning. Moses’ actions brought meaning to his life. Your life can be meaningful for you as well.