Snapshots: Day 36
The Snapshot: “he went out to where his own people were.” (Ex 2:11) There are times when we sense we are made for more than we see at the moment, there comes an awakening in us. And there we find the potential for disaster. Am I alone so I will have to make my own destiny, or do I have a divine destiny? (Jer 1:5, Eph 1:4, 2:10) If I am on my own working out my destiny alone, I may end up killing an Egyptian. If I can take hold of the concept of divine destiny, my future must be one where I learn to listen to Him, learn to cooperate with Him, learn to enter into the life He desires for me, in the way He wants for me. It will be a life that rejects the hasty decision but becomes one where patience and perseverance brings the reward of a more secure path and glorious destiny.
Further Consideration: I wonder how many people can testify to having had an ‘epiphany moment’, a time of sudden insight. It seems that is what happened here. Moses surely knew about the Hebrew shepherds-become-slaves in the north, and it is probable he had found out that they were where he had come from. So one day he goes out to see what they are like and he watches them being driven by slave-drivers.
Now he could have just watched, turned around and returned to the comfort of the palace untouched, but he didn’t. Somehow he had this ‘moment’ of ‘these are my people’ and he steps in and kills a harsh slave-master to save those workers being beaten.
Now interestingly there is a modern writer who has compiled a book of such epiphanies and in it she says there are four elements to an epiphany: listening, belief, action and serendipity. Serendipity, according to a dictionary means, “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” Synonyms include ‘chance, providence, fate and destiny’. Now have a look at all this in the case of Moses. He arrives, watches and listens, and believes, ‘these are my people,’ and so he acts. The outworking of the events is what follows – he flees, lives in the desert for forty years, until God calls him back. The final product – yes forty years on – is good.
Now I guess that Moses did not think his forty years in the desert were a “happy or beneficial” outworking but I suspect that in that forty-year period he lost all the confidence of the previous forty years of being a Prince of Egypt. Only then was he in a fit state to serve God in one of the most horrendous tasks ever given to man. We must think on and on about this for it is a momentous moment and there are some amazing lessons to be learned in it. Perhaps here we might simply say, beware hasty actions! (Look up Prov 21:5 & 29:20)