My earliest memory as far as I can tell was when I was 4 years old. We lived in Wellington, but my Dad built a classic A-frame bach on Mahia Peninsula where we took family holidays. I clearly remember climbing the tall ladder inside that bach to a small nook in the very peak of the A-frame. There must have been something about the sense of achievement of scaling that height without anyone’s help that locked in my young memory. Our first recollections are often foundational ones for our sense of who we are and what’s important to us. Certainly that memory speaks to the dynamics that shaped my life.

This is no more apparent than in the life of Moses. When we see the span of his story from beginning to end, we can see so clearly how God shaped and led Moses in the purposes God had set aside for him from before his birth. It’s unlikely Moses was aware of floating down the Nile as a newborn under the dark shadow of Pharaoh’s murderous decree. But these early experiences were like divine seeds planted right at the genesis of Moses’ life. It’s interesting that, 80 years later, the final plague that broke Pharaoh’s resolve took the lives of Egypt’s newborns and that Moses led Israel into freedom through another body of water—the Red Sea. You could say he was born into this calling!

These recurring symbols and patterns in Moses’ life show us that the Lord is God, that he is in charge of our destiny, and that we can trust him to weave a coherent story out of our past, present and future. As the author of Hebrews says, Moses’ story is first and foremost a story of faith. But what is faith? Faith is knowing who God is: that he is above all things; that his ways are higher than our ways; that his word is like rain on the land which always achieves its goal and never returns to him void. And faith is trusting our lives to this God and stepping into his calling over us. As we see his divine fingerprints in our lives—the patterns of his guiding and provision—it gives us confidence to keep moving and to become bolder.

Hebrews 11 puts it like this: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. … By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king’s anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.”

As we continue our journey through the Exodus Story, what step of faith is God inviting you to take today?

Rev Jonny Grant