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Faith Enough to Wait a Long, Long Time

“On one occasion, after Moses had grown up, when he had gone out to his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor, he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen. Looking about and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting! So he asked the culprit, ‘Why are you striking your companion?’ But he replied, ‘Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?’ Then Moses became afraid and thought, ‘The affair must certainly be known.’ When Pharaoh heard of the affair, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to the land of Midian.”

One comedian says you know things are going badly for you when, “A fortune teller at the carnival looks at your palm and offers to refund your money,” or when “the worst player at the country club challenges you to a round of golf and offers to play for cash.” What happened to Moses cost him. All but adopted by the Egyptian Pharaoh, he was still loyal to his Hebrew heritage and defended one of his kin, killing an Egyptian who attacked that man. In God’s providence, he didn’t get away with it and had to flee. Arguably, only someone with such intimate knowledge of Pharaoh’s court was prepared to challenge him to free the nation of Israel. Good plan. It was a good plan, but it was to take Moses four decades—forty years shepherding Midianite sheep—before God’s will would be revealed and he would return. That takes patience, and that takes faith.


This devotional article is taken from the Total Stewardship curriculum of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, one of dozens of devotional pieces that support resources designed for the Stewardship of Prayer, the Stewardship of Ministry, and the Stewardship of Finance. The material purposefully aligns with the annual Catholic liturgy, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal and the Revised Edition of the New American Bible. We invite you to contact us for more information concerning ways the Total Stewardship curriculum might be used to serve your parish and your parishioners.

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