Friday, August 13, 2010

Acts 7:17-29

Do you have any friends with the gift of faith? I have a friend named Mary who is one of my “faith anchors.” She lives in Washington State. We don’t see each other very often, but when my faith dims I tell her my troubles. Her response always reminds me that God is upholding us and our loved ones.
I have the wonderful privilege of knowing many of St. Matthew’s youth group members. What great people they are. Sometimes I get anxious for them, wanting them so badly to discover as I did the rewards of following God. Today’s reading tells me to have patience and faith that God will work in lives (even mine).
This passage is the life story of Moses, told by Stephen. One of the things I love to read most in the Old Testament is Moses’ lively conversations with God in the book of Exodus because they point out how real God was to Moses. As Moses led the Israelites he would speak to God “face to face, as a man speaks with his friend” (Exodus 33:11). Moses had faith. But Moses’ faith didn’t develop overnight. In fact, today’s reading ends with young Moses killing a man and fleeing into the desert. Verse 30 caught my attention, “after forty years had passed….”
Forty years!! During that time, God was shaping Moses. Lengths of time mean little to God. God will grow the faith of those we love. Let us have patience and faith and trust in God, and commit those we love to Him.

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