Just can’t contain it

Excitement refuses to be contained. Just try to keep a grandmother with a new grandchild quiet. From exciting experiences to the joy of new acquisitions, we want to share with others whatever thrills our hearts. Moses was no exception.

When Jethro arrived at the Israelite camp, “Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to Egypt for Israel’s sake, and all the hardship that had come on them along the way, and how the LORD had delivered them” (Exodus 18:8). It is easy to visualize an animated Moses describing how God’s power overcame every obstacle: enslavement, entrapment, hunger and thirst.

Predictably, “Jethro rejoiced because of all the good that the LORD had done for Israel, whom he had delivered from the hand of Egypt” (Exodus 18:9).

What thrills our hearts? What do we find so compelling that we can not keep quiet about it?

We have something to share that transcends everything else. In Peter’s words,

“You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,  but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. … Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. … you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once you were not a people,

but now you are God’s people;

once you had not received mercy,

but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 1:18-19,21; 2:9-10).

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Barry Newton

Married to his wonderful wife Sofia and a former missionary in Brazil, Barry enjoys trying to express old truths in fresh ways. They are the parents of two young men.

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