After Moses killed the Egyptian, Pharaoh tried to kill Moses, so Moses fled. He settled in the land of Midian, where he lived with the priest of Midian and married one of his seven daughters (Exodus 2:15-21).
Moses became a shepherd over his father-in-law’s flock near Horeb (also called Mt. Sinai), the mountain of God (Exodus 3:1). Why is this important? Because this was one of the ways God was preparing Moses. As a shepherd, Moses would have become very familiar with the land. He would know the best places to keep the sheep safe, to give them water, and the best paths to take when traveling. He would have known the desert and mountain areas very well. This is the same place that the Israelites will come to after they leave Egypt. Horeb is the same mountain that Moses goes to the top of to receive God’s commands for His people, including the 10 commandments.
As a shepherd, Moses would also know how to keep up with his large flock, provide for them, and protect them. That ability combined with the knowledge of the land will help Moses be equipped to lead the Israelites.
Do you remember what we said last week about Moses growing up as an Egyptian? We saw in Acts 7:22 that Moses was well educated and powerful in words and deeds. If Moses had grown up with his Israelite family, he would not have been taught many different subjects such as reading and arithmetic. But by God’s grace, Moses was raised as an Egyptian and taught how to read, write, and speak.
Moses probably didn’t notice it at the time, but God was preparing Moses for the things that He has planned. Ever since Moses was a baby, he was being prepared to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. For 80 years, God prepared Moses.
In what ways might God be preparing you for something that He has planned for you? There are so many different ways that He can prepare us.
Studying His Word is one way we can be prepared. We can’t share what we believe and teach others if we don’t know for ourselves what the Bible says.
School is another way we can prepare for our future, just like Moses was being prepared
A difficult life experience could help prepare us. Situations and experiences that teach us how to be patient, kind, and selfless or trusting God and having faith could also prepare us for something God has planned for us later. Or maybe you’ve already seen how something that happened in the past helped you accomplish something later.
Moses story is a great example of God’s work in our lives. We are often told that He has a plan for us, but it’s great to read about someone’s life where you can clearly see that God did have a plan. Even before Moses was born, God had a plan and knew how everything would happen. The same is true for you and me. He has a plan. The question is whether or not we are ready for what He has planned for us.
Find ways that you can learn and grow, whether in your knowledge of God, school, work, or your talents and abilities. God uses us in different ways and on His own timing, but that doesn’t mean we should become lazy, simply sitting and waiting. We are to be diligent in the work He has given us right now. For some of us, that’s school, others work, and others a family to take care of. Whatever God has given you to do now, do it to the best of your ability, knowing that God could be preparing you for something in your future.
Your sister in Christ,