“Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the desert, where he was camped near the mountain of God”.

Ex 18:5 NIV

We all like to have our family around us. We derive love and support from them. A child who represents his school at some sport wants his parents there to see him play and to cheer him on. The child doesn’t see the rest of the crowd. And family are more likely to make encouraging comments than others. They are “on our side”.

As the Israelites trekked across the Sinai desert Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses came to see him. He brought his daughter, who was Moses’ wife, and their two sons. Moses had previously arranged for these family members to stay with Jethro. Jethro lived on the eastern side of the Sinai desert, and Moses and the Israelites were moving down the western side. There was some system of messages between them. The visit must have brought much joy to Moses, and no doubt this was reciprocated by the boys and Zipporah, Jethro’s daughter and Moses’ wife.

Christian parents will want to provide their children with family presence and support. In some circumstances this may be difficult, but the principle applies. Likewise husbands and wives will make every effort to remain together so that they can both support each other as well as the children. This principle should be the determining factor when decisions about employment are made. Family get-togethers with the wider family are also important when the opportunity arises for celebrations and anniversaries. God has given us families. Thank him for them. And glorify him in them.


Lord, thank you for our family and help us to stay together and be together.