Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 2:15 (NIV)
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
Exodus 2:15 (MSG)
Pharaoh heard about it and tried to kill Moses, but Moses got away to the land of Midian. He sat down by a well.
“When Pharaoh heard about this matter, he tried to kill Moses. Then Moses fled from Pharaoh’s presence and took refuge in the land of Midian, where he sat down by a well.” -AMPLIFIED
Moses had been essentially caught red-handed. That thing, that he had thought he had done in secret, made its rounds through the grapevine back to Pharaoh. (One can only wonder what the story had truly become by the time it had reached the ears of the king.) We do know that the king’s response to Moses’ killing of an Egyptian was one of anger; for Scripture tells us that he tried to kill Moses.
We must understand something; Moses’ desire and motivation to help his Hebrew brothers were good, but the way that he went about doing it was not. His eagerness to extend aid to the beaten and down-trodden was indeed commendable, but his approach in dealing with the issue was not the way that God desired him to handle it. Moses was using the wrong methods at the wrong time; and so this “would-be” initiator of an up-rising was actually fleeing for his very life.
Once again we are reminded of Isaiah’s words, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (AMP)
God does things in His own way and in His own time. Moses found out this truth the hard way. It is not wise to try and force God’s hand to do things quickly; just because we are ready for them to happen. In doing that, we tend to cause more problems for ourselves and the very thing that we are desiring God to do tends to take longer to happen; all because we are in a hurry.
Solomon wisely shared this thought that drives this point across. “He (God) has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP)
So, we find Moses fleeing to Midian; the back side of no-where. There he will spend the next 40 years learning a few more lessons from God. Namely, being patient, waiting on God’s timing, relying on God’s strength and power, as well as being obedient to God. Phew, there sure is a whole lot of things to learn when someone is willing to be used by God to do great things for Him.
Our tendency to take the dreams and the visions that God has planted in our hearts and run with them can be both detrimental to ourselves as well as God’s plans. Too often we run into areas where angels fear to tread; case in point, Moses. Let us be careful to listen and be obedient to God’s directions in our lives. He will make all things beautiful in His time.
Lord, I know too often I am one who runs into situations without first receiving direction from you. Forgive me, please. Help me to keep my heart in tune with yours. I know your thoughts are not my thoughts; nor your ways my ways. I can certainly testify to the fact that your way is always the best way. Help me to be patient in waiting on you, help me to follow your perfect timing, help me to rely on your strength and power and most of all help me to be obedient to you. Your way is always the best way.