Forgot To Look Up

In today’s post we are going to be introduced to Moses. He is going to be the man used by God to continue the story of redemption that will ultimately be fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. Our verse today comes from Exodus 2:12, “So he (Moses) looked this way, and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptians and hid him in the sand.”

God has shown His supernatural care and preservation for the Hebrews in the story of the birth and raising of Moses. Moses was raised as an Egyptian, yet he still loved his people, the Hebrews. We see his love for them in his actions in our verse, but we also see a man who had an anger problem. Moses looked to the left and to the right, but he didn’t look up. He either didn’t know, didn’t remember, or maybe didn’t even care that God saw and sees everything. This action put Moses in an unique position to write later in the Law these words, “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23). Jesus said something similar in Luke 8:17, “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Those verses should certainly give us reason to pause and consider the things that we are about to say or do.

The main takeaway from this text this morning is the fact that God is all-knowing. In just the next verse in the story in Exodus, Moses finds out that someone did in fact see what he did. I think about this as it relates to our technological age, especially in the realm of social media. Today, people have no problem going onto social media and typing out whatever comes to mind. They are oblivious to the potential ramifications that it can have on their life. They naively believe that they can simply delete a tweet or a post, and no one will know. Of course, many have learned the hard way that you can’t really delete something off of the internet. Once it is out there, it is out there for the world to see and to consume. And what many people don’t realize until it is too late is since you put it out there publicly, there is no expectation of privacy; therefore, a potential employer can use it as part of their decision to hire or not hire you. Another takeaway from this story is once again the sovereignty of God. God is able to use anything and anyone to accomplish His plan. Does this mean that God condones sinful behavior such as Moses exhibited? Absolutely not! God was going to use Moses to accomplish His purpose for the nation of Israel. The problem was, God had to work on Moses first to prepare him to be the man he needed to be. The same is true for you and I. God uses trials and difficulties in life to empty us of ourselves, in order to prepare us for His purpose. Therefore, we need to learn to look at troubles in life from the perspective that God is revealing something about us to us, and He is using the troubles to prepare us for His purpose and His glory.

I think one of the biggest ways that we should pray about this text is that we would learn to not give in to our natural desire to please others, but rather that we would give ourselves over to being used for God’s glory in accomplishing His will. We all have that sinful nature that seeks to preserve ourselves, which often leads us to take the path of least resistance. However, we will never become the man or woman of God we are created to be if we do that. We need to pray for the wisdom that comes from God to know what is right, and then we need to pray for the courage to obey God regardless of the personal cost.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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