"Later, when he was older, she brought him back to the princess and he became her son. She named him Moses (meaning "to draw out") because she had drawn him out of the water." - Exodus 1:22 - 2:10
Is there any connection between the debacles from which God saves us, and the duties to which God calls us? So often, the deliverance from tragedy and trouble in our lives ends only with relief; but that sense of relief is not always translated into a sense of responsibility.
The infant Moses had been drawn from the Nile River, out of the claws of male genocide mandated by the Pharaoh of Egypt. Moses could easily have grown up to simply revel in his good fortune and bask in the wonder of his amazing rescue. However, at some point in his development, Moses came to understand that "to whom much is given, much is required." He was able to connect his personal deliverance from disaster with a sacred duty to serve others.
Moses, the one "drawn out" of danger, became the one to draw the nation of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. And Israel, the nation drawn out of bondage, has certainly drawn the world to a more vivid revelation of God's unfailing love.
Lord, we do thank you for rescuing us from many dangers, toils and snares. Now let the relief of our rescue be translated into a responsibility to love, lift and liberate the oppressed. Amen.
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.