Jethro was an interesting man. The father-in-law of Moses, he had several daughters who took care of his flocks. He was a high priest, but not of YHVH. Some teach he may have been a priest in Pharaoh’s court, but in protest to Pharaoh’s decision to kill all the male Hebrew children, he chose self-exile in the wilderness. That may have been another reason he embraced Moses as son when he met him. Anyway, Jethro comes to visit Moses in Exodus 18, to bring his family to him and find out what happened in Egypt. I’m sure he heard rumors, but wanted to verify the facts for himself. What’s amazing about this account is the impact YHVH’s works had on Jethro. Not only did he rejoice in Moses’ success, but he acknowledged the greatness of YHVH and made offerings to Him. Here is an uncircumcized pagan whose life was changed because of the works of YHVH. Jethro’s documented history shows YHVH working on him over many years.
The same is true for my own life. I can look back to my childhood and see the hand of YHVH working. From age five, I see YHVH making Himself know to me in small but significant ways. I didn’t choose to surrender my life to Him until mid-life, but He faithfully kept me moving towards Him. He protected, provided and sustained me. Unbeknownest to me at the time, He was my source of strength and courage through difficult times. Psalm 139:16 says -
“Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
I can’t forget that, not for one moment! My precious Father has guided and protected me. Praise His Holy Name!