Monday, July 19, 2010

Submissive Stranger

Exodus 2:21-22
21And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

22And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

Submissive Stranger

I am currently getting a graduate lesson in being a stranger. I am alone in a country where I do not speak the language and do not know my way around. Being a notorious nerd, it is unusual for me to find myself in a place as foreign to me as the back of someone else's hand. It is unusual for me to travel alone or to be somewhere where I don't know anyone. Yet, here I am with work to do. And I take great comfort in the meditation today.

Moses found himself in a strange land among strange people, but frankly, he spent his whole life as a stranger. He was a Hebrew raised in Pharoah's house. He didn't fit among the Jews and he didn't fit among the Egyptians. All of his first 40 years were spent not fitting in, being a stranger.

When banished from Egypt, he found himself in even more foreign territory. Jethro was a Midianite, a descendant of Abraham from Ishmael. Yet, it was in the company of this man, a stranger to Moses, that Moses the stranger learned how to be a servant leader for his own people.

The Word testifies that Moses was "content to dwell with the man." He did not fight or challenge Jethro's leadership in the family. Moses went from being a strange prince to being a son in the house of Jethro, under Jethro's leadership and eventually Jethro's son.

For his submission and contentment, Moses gained a wife, a family and a new sense of leadership. This is where Moses perfected meekness, humility. These are qualities he posessed, but they were honed in the tent of Jethro, a stranger.

We come to Christ as strangers, but we immediately become children of God when we accept Christ as Lord. Like Moses under Jethro, a heart yeilded to Christ becomes a son, a blessed member of the family as he or she goes in the Way of Christ. We should be content with His leadership. As we are content, we are no longer strangers but close intimates of the Savior because that's what He wants.

You've been a stranger long enough. It's time to be content with your submission. Stop fighting to do what you think is right. Be comfortable in what you do not understand about Christ. In time, through work and in building the relationship, it will all become clear.

Are you content to dwell with the Man?

Contentment and peace.
Evg. Stephanie Robinson

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