Daily D – Exodus 2:21-22
Exodus 2:21, 22 Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife. Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.” (NLT)
Genesis 41:50-52 During this time, before the first of the famine years, two sons were born to Joseph and his wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On. Joseph named his older son Manasseh, for he said, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father’s family.” Joseph named his second son Ephraim, for he said, “God has made me fruitful in this land of my grief.” (NLT)
Two of the greatest men who ever lived thought their lives were over before their moments of opportunity arrived. Where are you in your story? Know this: It is always too early to give up on God.
Joseph named his first son Manasseh. The name means “causing to forget.” He named his second son Ephraim. It means “fruitful.” Joseph lived in a new world with new opportunities and responsibilities. It appears he was making a break from his past.
Moses ran away from his past as a Hebrew raised with the Pharaoh’s extended family. He ended up in the middle of nowhere. He named his son Gershom which means “a foreigner there.” Moses was a foreigner in a foreign land. He was also a foreigner to all he had known.
Jo and Mo thought their lives had run smack dab into God’s Greater No. Who would blame them? Circumstances said so.
Joseph went from favorite son to hated brother to slave to accused criminal to prisoner. That’s a long, hard road down to the pit of despair.
Moses went from rescued baby, to elite childhood, to would-be rescuer, to murderer and fugitive. That’s a long fall into a wilderness more populated by sheeps than peeps.
Two men were at the ends of their ropes. Two men gave up on what they thought their lives were all about. Two men closed the first volumes of their life stories and began writing their own stories.
Then God stepped in. When Jo and Mo gave up and moved on, God moved in. The best part of their lives began when they were searching for a better plan.
So let’s stop today where we started. Where are you in your story? If you don’t give up on your life, what could God do with you to his glory?
It is always too early to give up on God.
I will wait on God and lean into my next chapter in full resolution not to quit before I’m done.
Our Father, thank you for how you take our hopeless ends and provide us with endless hope. Thank you for meeting us in our moments of loss and turning them into directions toward new and better destinies. We may not be where we want to be, but by your grace and in your power, you will lead us from where we are to where you want us to be to accomplish your purpose for our lives. We trust you to make your dreams for our lives come true. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.