Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials
TOLERANCE –A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed by Marilyn Hepp
Homemaker Cincinnati, Ohio
February 20, 2002
THE TOLERANT MOSES
In approximately 1320 B.C. Moses was called by God to lead the oppressed Jewish people out of Egypt. They had been captive there for 400 years. God promised them a land of their own, the Promised Land. Because of their disbelief and disobedience against God, the 3 million people spent not just a few days but 40 years in the wilderness on their journey to the Promised Land.
The complaining against Moses about the hardships of the journey was endless: he had led them out of Egypt only to die; there was no water to drink; the water was bitter; there was no food; his leadership was questionable; and on and on.
For 40 years Moses tolerated their immaturity, their fears and lack of trust, yet encouraged them to press on. With his trust in God, Moses continually encouraged them to trust and obey God. Thanks to his leadership and tolerance, the nation of Israel eventually reached the Promised Land with all its blessings.