What happens when we respond to a calling without seeking the Lord.

It’s still in God’s plans and God have got our backs.

He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. — Acts 7:24-25, NIV.

We all knew the story of Moses. Moses knew his calling when he was very young. God opened his eyes to see the oppression that the Israelites were suffering from when they were in Egypt. From a very young age, Moses must have had his mind fixed on the idea of liberating the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The Bible tells us little of Moses’ growth except that he was “educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action” (Acts 7:22, NIV). However, Moses, having been cared for by his mother in the courts of Pharaoh, must have opened his eyes to the oppression that the Israelites were facing. Moses must have questioned God saying, “I am here in the courts of Pharaoh, attending the best education anyone can possibly get, but why are my people treated so bad?” The torment in his heart must be so great that it led him to kill the Egyptian as a form of seeking justice for his fellow Hebrew (Acts 7:24, Exodus 2:12).

Are you like Moses? Do you have a burden for the issues that you see God calling you to resolve? Do you feel the impulse to take matters into your own hands and resolve the issue before seeking the will of the Lord?

God knew the heart of Moses and God protected him from his moment of folly. Though Pharaoh tried to kill Moses, God protected Moses from any harm, leading him safely to Midian (Exodus 2:15, NIV). There, God provided Moses with the time and space that he needed so that he may reflect and return to God. All these God did for Moses before calling Moses back to his calling of liberating the Israelites forty years later (Exodus 3:1-8, NIV).

Sure, we might experience moments of troubles when we take matters into our own hands. Sure, we might experience discouragement and even anger. But we know, in faith, that God will guide us back to the calling we once had before we fall. He will point us to what He has intended for us to do when we realised that we forgot to seek Him. We only need to have faith.

Of course, when God guide us back to our calling, we might have already lost out on our youth. We may have other struggles in life — Struggles to provide for the needs of our own family, struggles to cope with children’s education, struggles with an ageing body — but God is faithful and He will provide. When God called Moses back to his calling, He was 80. He was struggling with old age, with faithlessness, with fear, and with self-doubt. But God strengthened Him and provided all that He needed to accomplish what God intended for Him. And in God’s sovereign arrangement, God was never late. God declared to Abraham that his descendants will be enslaved and mistreated in a foreign land for 400 years. Only at the fourth generation will they depart back to where God met Abraham (Genesis 15:13-16, NIV). God, in all His sovereignty, shaped history in such a way that would allow Moses to fall. Should Moses have led the Israelites out of Egypt in his youth, Israel will have spent lesser than 400 years in Egypt [1], let alone other issues that might arise due to immaturity.

God uses our moment of follies to shape the course of history as well as ourselves.

“This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. — Acts 7:35, NIV.

I think the only appropriate response in the face of discouragement is thanksgiving, knowing that God uses our moment of follies to shape the course of history as well as ourselves so that we may be better equipped to serve Him. Moses, though rejected by the people because of an act done on impulse, was used by God to be a deliverer of Israel. When we realised that we accidentally took matters into our hands before seeking the Lord, we are to repent and seek the Lord once again, trusting that God will personally lead us back to the place where He intends us to serve. After all, we should be confident that “He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NIV).

To God be the Glory.

Footnotes:

[1] — “Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt.” — Exodus 12:40-41, NIV. The additional 30 years might have been the years required for the execution of the plagues. But that is a topic for another discussion. My point, however, is that if Moses would have led the Israelites in his youth, the number of years Israel spend in Egypt would have cut short (taking into consideration if the birth year of Moses wasn’t changed).

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7 Comments

  1. Lately, I too have been reflecting on Moses and his time in Midian (a part of the story that doesn’t usually receive much attention). Well said and thank you for this post.

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