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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Moses Left Egypt Twice

Moses left Egypt twice. At age 40, he left in fear. At age 80, he left by faith. The first time, he left as a fugitive. The second time, he left as a deliverer. He was alone the first time. A nation of freed Hebrew slaves accompanied him when he left the second time. The first time, he was marked by Pharaoh as a condemned criminal. At the second departure, he was marked by God as a courageous champion. He left the first time hurriedly because he had taken matters into his own hands. He left heroically the second time because he had placed matters into God’s hands.

We may never face a threat as serious as the one Moses faced in Egypt, but a serious illness, a job loss, or financial setback, or the loss of a loved one can threaten to turn our world upside down. Nevertheless, like Moses, we can endure “as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).

We have a choice: we can look around at alarming circumstances and be discouraged or look above, see God’s love and power, and be encouraged.

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