Day 2 - Exodus 2:11-22

Damaged Goods

It’s easy to let past failures cripple our hopes for the future. By taking a look at Moses’ life, we are reminded that God can use us for his glory despite our imperfections.

2:11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” 14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 15 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.

Clearly, Moses made a huge mistake. In an act of impulsive anger, Moses committed murder which was a premature attempt to fulfill his destiny. He tried to deliver his people in his own way and in turn, put his calling in jeopardy.

Situations cause us to be impatient. Some circumstances even make us emotionally volatile. In the midst of this, it’s easy to forsake God’s plan for what’s next when you’re so caught up in the now. In thinking about this, ask yourself these questions:

When have you made a decision based on impatience or rash thinking? What were the lasting effects of that outcome? When has God come through when you’ve waited on His timing? 

In fleeing for his life, Moses probably felt that God's plan for him was completely destroyed. He probably believed that every chance he would ever have to deliver his people was now over and there was nothing he could do. However, this is exactly the place God wanted him to be.

16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock. 18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?” 19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.” 21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”

We make a mistake when we think that Moses’ life in Midian was his waiting years until God’s calling. They were instead his working years because although God had given him experiences to equip him, Moses wasn’t used to hard work. God was training him and shaping him for his future calling, he wasn’t simply sitting idly for God to use him. After 40 years of what seemed like perfect preparation, Moses had another 40 years of what seemed like meaningless waiting to perfect God's preparation.

In looking at all Moses’ brokenness and failure, he was still about to be used by God, even when he least expected it. The same holds true for us! There is no wasted period of time in God’s planning. There is no stain dark enough in our lives to withhold us from being used mightily by God. We are not damaged goods. We are instead loved and used for the glory of a sovereign God.

What part of your past holds you back from trusting God with your future? How can you spend time in prayer giving these things over?