(v. 14-15) The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian. When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well.
(v. 22-25) Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.” Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.
EXODUS 2:14-15, 22-25 NLT
As I was reading this passage, something that stuck out to me was how fear controlled Moses for many years. He saw one of his people being beaten by an Egyptian- so he killed him and tried to cover it up. Once he realized that someone witnessed what he did he ran far away. He stayed in hiding for years consumed with fear of what his punishment would be if he went back to Egypt. Moses tried to take matters into his own hands when he killed the Egyptian, and in the midst of it all as you read from the last few verses- God still had a plan and a promise to set his people free!
Sometimes it can seem easier to take matters into our own hands, instead of waiting on God. When we act in our own strength things tend to get a bit messy. Is there an area of your life that you decided to not wait on God, and take matters into your own hands?
God help me to wait on you. I pray that I wouldn’t act out of my emotions, but I would be continually listening to what you have to say about every situation in my life. Help me to become more like you as you lead me. Amen.
Hannah Powell, Worship Team Member/Connection Group Leader White Oak Campus