Canada is home to many refugees. These are people of great life experience and skill who have had to abandon everything but the clothes on their back. If they are lucky, their family might have escaped with them. Many were business owners, doctors, engineers and people with skilled trades who escaped death, torture or persecution to live as a refugee in Canada. The past importance was lost and they became low-paid servants in restaurants, convenience stores and factories.
Moses was a refugee who had been broken by his passion. Like many refugees, the past place in society was lost. Prince Moses was now Moses the shepherd. The palace was replaced with a bedroll. The waiting servants were replaced with helpless sheep.
As an Israelite adopted into the Egyptian royal family, he had a passionate heart for his people. It was likely an unexpressed passion until the day he saw an Egyptian beating on a Hebrew slave. The deep value for justice erupted into a hot mind and empowered murderous hands. The favored prince committed treason by killing an Egyptian.
It was a passion against oppressors that found an oppressive outlet. Fearing the consequence and knowing he could no longer live in this place, Moses ran away. When the fearful escape slowed down he found himself in the Midian desert where he started a new life.
What happens to passion when it leads you to great trouble? For many, it is the death of passion and the beginning of regretful histories. Moses’ passion for justice became a faded memory in the mind of an eighty-year-old man.
As a shepherd, Moses seemed to be living below his potential, but God used the humble work to instill the heart of a passionate, caring shepherd. One day God would raise him up to lead God’s Sheep (Israel) to freedom.
When God called Moses, the man was so humiliated by 40 years of obscurity and regret that he felt inadequate to respond passionately to His God. He had taken the tragic journey from misguided passion to depression.
Then God spoke to him from a burning bush. Fire is passionate and consumes. Passion like fire burns up the thing that fuels it. The bush God set ablaze was passionate but did not destroy the bush. God wants to set you ablaze with passion that will not burn you. Moses regained his passion for God and his people when he agreed to obey the call and accept God’s provision and plan.
The youthful passion was against the oppressor. The renewed passion was for God and His love of the oppressed.
Is there a God-given passion that you have lost? Did your passion lead to trouble and sorrow? Before Moses could follow the God of his fathers, he had to come to the place of his own helplessness. He had to be a common man and alone enough to hear God speak.
God still calls people who have been broken by their passions. It is at the end of our self-worth and greatest need that God reaches down to the humble. As long as there is an ounce of worldly pride and self-righteousness, there is a great barrier to obedience.
You may have suffered greatly because of misguided passions and the consequences linger still. But you have not been written off and forgotten by God. His Love and passion for you is still the same.
The first call on your life is still there. Have you heard his voice in the wilderness?