A friend of mine bemoaned the approach of their fortieth recently. There is a lesson to be learned in the example of Moses here I think.

When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. Acts 23-25 (The Message)

Steven is still recounting the connectedness of Christ to the heritage of Israel. He is keen to show that the faith he is expounding has its roots and branches in Hebrew history. Now he has reached Moses. The brief recount of the significant part played by Moses begins when he was forty. Why? because, other than when he was a baby found in the bullrushes by the river bank by Pharoah’s wife, he wasn’t significant. His life began at forty when he decided to act on his conscience. Instead of living comfortably as an Egyptian in the royal palace Moses answered the call of God to visit his fellow Israelites and he was changed by what he saw.

Sometimes we can live for an age in the comfort of our own misconception of what God inteded for us. Then, when we least expect it, God moves to unsettle us and bring us into the reality of his purpose for us. Moses was not to be ruler of Egypt, as Joseph had been, but leader of a pilgrim people to lead them into the  promise of God. Ever been so surprised? May be you are still living in the age of misconception and need a shake up from God today?

May the life we life be filled with surprises that shake us up and make us move with God. Amen.

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