Today’s Verse, Exodus 2:24

Friday, June 16, 2017

God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.

Exodus 2:24

Reflections on Today’s Verse

As humans, we believe that the plans and ways of God should be revealed to us on demand. This type of thinking comes out of world that is quickly telling God and others, “I want it now, and if I don’t get want I want right now, there is going to be trouble.” This is a dangerous philosophy, because not only are we questioning Almighty God, but are thwarting the plans He has for our lives.

In Exodus two, we see an early glimpse of this human tendency in Moses. Instead of being a slave, he’s considered royalty. Far from being a savior of the Hebrews, he’s actually housed, fed, and trained by the enemy. He had access to the day’s best libraries and teachers (Acts 7:22). Moses had the potential of being the next king over Egypt

At this unique part in Moses’ life, he can claim an relationship with the Hebrew slaves by birth, but when it comes to actually hanging out with the people of God, he would probably be much more comfortable in Pharaoh’s palace among Egypt’s citizens. This is the place many young and old Christians find themselves in today. God knows Moses, but Moses doesn’t really know God. Like many today, he’s given the LORD a place in his life, but he has yet to give up his life to the LORD and keeps the people of God at arm’s length.

However, one day, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave. After looking around to see if anyone was coming or watching him, he killed the slave driver and buried him in the sand (2:11).
Moses was clearly upset at the mistreatment of God’s people, and he wanted to do something about it. However, his decision to take action against God’s timing (Notice he did not receive any command from God to kill the Egyptian at that time or at all) delayed the LORD’s plan for the deliverance of the Israelites by 40 years as Moses learned humility in the desert.

But the story of Moses doesn’t end there. In fact, notice what is recorded of him after God used him to free the Israelites from Egypt: “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3). Say what? Yes, Moses, after humbly submitting to the LORD’s timing, will, and purpose for His life, was considered to be one of the most humble human beings to walk the earth. And it was only when he decided to force God’s timing and will for His life by committing pre-meditated murder that he failed to lead the people and sinned.

Being humble, submitting every decision big and small to the LORD, and waiting on His perfect timing, goes entirely against our natural inclinations. It even goes against the current culture of “I want it and I want it now.” It’s an upside-down philosophy. However, it is biblical, and millions have practiced before us. Shouldn’t we do the same?

Humbling yourself to God’s will is the first step toward spiritual maturity in Christ, even as a young person.

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Today’s Prayer

Father, thank you for all that you have given us in Christ. Lord, as we think of Moses and what he did in killing a man and yet how much you used him, we are more than humbled, we are put in our place. Lord, this isn’t just an excuse to do whatever we want. We want to glorify you and live for you. But, once again, we are minded how long-suffering you are with our sin and our failures. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your goodness. Thank you for taking us to places of mercy that we will never understand. All praise is due your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Reflections, Prayer and Video on Today's Verse are written and recorded by senior pastor Darin Smith.

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