5. God works everything to our good

We are still continuing with the series on Moses' life. We have seen how his mother hid him from the Egyptian warriors and how she put him in a basket on the Nile by faith. His sister followed the basket, and when she saw that one of Pharaoh's daughters found him, she offered that his mother nursed him until he was old enough to return to the palace. The princess agreed and so Moses stayed with his mother until he was old enough to go to the palace and become a prince himself. What an amazing turn of events. Here he was, a boy born of a slave, destined to be killed after his birth, and now he was going to live in the palace, as a prince of Egypt, one of the mightiest nations of the ancient world. He was made for life!

Now the Bible doesn't elaborate on his life as he grew up. We can only speculate. I have watched a lot of animations about Moses' life and in it they depict Moses' life as one of utter luxury. He was waited upon, he attended the best schools the earth had to offer at that stage and he had every whim of his satisfied. He had everything any human being could wish for.

Now the next thing the Bible says about him is:

"Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his people, the Israelites, and he saw how hard they were forced to work." Exodus 2:11

Now how Moses knew the Israelites were 'his people' we don't know. He went to live in the palace after he was weaned, which could be anything between 1 and 3 years old. So he could have vaguely remembered living amongst the Israelites. But more likely someone might have told him. Maybe his Egyptian mother, or maybe he had heard rumors going round that he was not truly an Egyptian. Maybe he looked a bit different from the other Egyptians, we will never know. But I can just imagine the shock when he found out that his Egyptian parents weren't truly his parents and his brothers not truly his brothers. It must have hurt. He must have felt like an illegitimate child, as if he didn't belong anywhere. He wasn't a true Egyptian, and he wasn't a true Hebrew either as he knew nothing of their ways. He was merely taught from childhood to despise the 'slaves' and to simply use them to build their empire. He must have had true turmoil inside.

Now if we look at his life we can perfectly see that he had to grow up in the palace to understand the ways of the Egyptians. He was the perfect one to free them as he knew how the minds of the Egyptians worked. Plus as an Egyptian he learned how to read and write, which the Hebrews didn't. He was thus the perfect one to receive the 10 commandments from God later on and the perfect one to write down the Law and ultimately the first 5 books of the Bible. He was simply bred and handpicked for the task. But he didn't know it then.

We also don't understand some things that come on our path. Why did we have to work at a certain place? Or why did we have to study that? Or why did certain people cross our paths? Or why can't we have children? The list can go on and on. But when we look back on our lives we will see the pieces fit together and work to our good. Even the things we did without consulting God first, can work to our good if we entrust Him with our lives. God is good and will use things along the way to prepare you for your task ahead. Just trust in Him and also do your part by listening to Him and being obedient to His Voice!

Lord, thank you that You have a wonderful plan for our lives. We might not understand everything that is happening to us, but You do. May it all, whether good or bad, work to the good of us that are called according to Your purposes. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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