Scripture: Exodus 2:11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsfolk. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting; and he said to the one who was in the wrong, “Why do you strike your fellow Hebrew?” 14 He answered, “Who made you a ruler and judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh. He settled in the land of Midian, and sat down by a well. 16 The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 But some shepherds came and drove them away. Moses got up and came to their defense and watered their flock.
Observation: Moses appears to be, by nature, a bit of a scrapper. He isn’t afraid to get into a fight, particularly if it means coming to the aid of someone in distress. In our passage for today Moses intervenes on behalf of individual persons. He would later be sent by God to intervene on behalf of an entire nation who are set free from slavery in Egypt.
Application: From my earliest days I’ve had a bit of an adventurous spirit. Particularly as a teenager and young adult, I tended to view rules more as “guidelines”- which got me into trouble. My parents and teachers didn’t view rules as mere guidelines – but as hard boundaries to be followed whether I agreed with them or not. Frankly, it’s a wonder I lived to see 30 years old considering the crazy stuff I did as a younger man. Not only that, my wife Jana is a bit of an adrenaline junky herself. On the day of our first wedding anniversary she took me bungie jumping. Years later we went skydiving together. But then as I’ve gotten older, I can see how God took that adventurous spirit and used it for his purposes. The church needs people who aren’t afraid of the unknown, who don’t mind trying new things and even failing from time to time. Not everyone is wired that way, nor should they be. But God can take what appears to be a flaw and make it an asset for his purposes.
What about you? How might the Lord take a part of your personhood that appears to be a liability and make it into an asset – for his glory?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as you did with Moses, you have a way of taking our flaws and redeeming them for your glory. Give us grace to embrace the way you’ve made us and devote ourselves to the advancement of your Kingdom on earth. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.