“The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, ‘Because I drew him out of the water’” (Exodus 2:10).

Moses wasn’t raised in the most ideal of circumstances. His biological mother played a formative role, but his rearing was in the pagan court of Pharaoh. While not favorable, it would prove to be providential — giving Moses the advantage of understanding the two very different cultures in which he would effectively serve and carry out God’s purposes. A disadvantaged home-life becomes either the launching pad that fuels our escape or an available excuse for repeating the cycle. Providential never means ideal.

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