Moses was born at a time when the Pharaoh demanded all new born Hebrew boys be killed. Reading in Exodus 2, his mother put him in a basket and he floated down the river until a Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket with Moses in it. So Moses was raised within the palace as the son of the princes.
He grew older and observed his own people who were forced to a life of hard labor by the Egyptians. One instance of an Egyptian beating a Hebrew made Moses so angry that he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand (v. 12). As word of this spread to Pharaoh, Moses knew he had to flee so he went to Midian where he became a shepherd.
We see in the life of Moses how God prepared him for leadership. For many years, he lived the life of a prince with the best education and training. All the time, he was exposed to the harsh treatment of his own people being forced to work for the Egyptians. Then for many years, he was a shepherd in Midian. It was only the last part of his life that Moses was the great leader of a nation.
Lord, in the life of Moses we read of a person who observed the harsh treatment of his own people which motivated him to patiently follow the path You laid out for him. As a shepherd, You gave him lessons that prepared him to be a leader of a great nation. Lord, You had a future planned for Moses and You have a future planned for each of us. Help us to know that purpose You have in our life as we pray in Jesus name. Amen!