Choices and Changes
Loving Father, in You I live and move and have my being. Replenish my soul with Your grace and love.
Read Exodus 2:1-25
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To the words, “I will follow you wherever you go,” Jesus replied, “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Luke 9:57,58). Read Hebrews 11:13 and reflect on both these passages.
Life is full of choices as we respond to circumstances, but the consequences are often unexpected! Today’s reading is replete with choices made by parents and a daughter, by a daughter of Pharaoh and by the adult Moses. On the way, Moses’ identity moves from being a Hebrew baby to an “Egyptian,” a member of the elite (10,19), who nevertheless identifies with “his own people” (11), and becomes “a foreigner in a foreign land” (22). Our choices are linked with those with whom we identify.
Pharaoh had decreed, “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile” (1:22), but the defiant actions of Moses’ mother and sister resulted in the Nile becoming a place of deliverance (3-10). Although having a privileged Egyptian status, Moses chooses to act on behalf of his powerless people (Heb. 11:24-27), but this results in his having to flee the country (11-15). Like others before and after, he becomes more than a spectator as he sits by a well where women come for water. Again, he intervenes on the side of the powerless (16-19), and this leads to his marrying one of the priest’s daughters. On the other side of Sinai, in a pastoral society, Moses finds a haven from the divisions, power and oppression of Egypt, but his personal unease is suggested in his son’s name (22). He is to find that God has a task for him back in Egypt.
What diverse experiences are seen in this chapter: risky choices of parents and daughter, Moses’ intervention in behalf of oppressed kinsmen, and an apparently fortuitous meeting at a well! Our own experiences, like these, may seem disconnected, but looking back we may see how God is weaving them, along with the choices we make, into the tapestry of life—often with surprising results!
Reflect on unexpected results and consequences from your past experiences, and on God’s beautiful tapestry. Commit to him your choices for the future.
Teach me Lord, to count my days so that I make wise choices. Make straight the crooked places in my life, and I will offer my heartfelt praise to You.
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