The Bible and its Story: Moses in the Desert

The forty years spent by Moses in the wilderness of Midian were, in one way, the most important of his life. They were the means by which God trained him for his great work. Amid the solitude of the barren mountains he learned to be calm and self-contained and patient. All the rashness and vehemence of his youth were burned out of him. Never again would he slay a human being in sudden wrath. Ambition also sank down dead within his heart. During all those forty years he must have believed that earthly success was at an end for him, must have accepted this thought and dwelt with it. Repudiated in Egypt both by the rulers of the land and by his own enslaved and suffering people, he was an outcast indeed.

‎Two sons were born to Moses there in Midian; and by the names he gave them we may judge of his pensive state of mind. The first he named Gershom, which means a “stranger here”; but the second he called Eliezer, which is translated, “my God hath helped me.” Protest and sorrow had passed into acceptance and peace and thankfulness. Here was a man to be relied on, an instrument worthily fitted to God’s hand.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

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