In the Exodus passage, Moses has committed murder. Of course he was trying to defend one of his own people, but it was murder nonetheless. And then he tries to cover it up. But as it happens most of the time, the mistakes that we make eventually come back to haunt us. The word has obviously gotten around that Moses had killed the Egyptian man and everyone is talking about it. So Moses, now afraid of what will happen to him because Pharaoh knows what happened, runs away and hides in Midian.
But we all know what happens in the life of Moses sometime after this event. He becomes a major player in God’s plan to free the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and in leading them toward the Promised Land. I think the point to take away from this is that, even though we all have made mistakes and will continue to make more mistakes, even the ones that seem absolutely irrevocable, they may still be used as part of God’s plan. If Moses hadn’t killed that Egyptian man, then run away, maybe he wouldn’t have gotten to the point where he freed the Israelites from captivity. This isn’t to say that we should all go on and do horrible things purposely because God will use those things for his plan. But it does mean that we shouldn’t dwell too much on our mistakes. Pray, confess, ask for forgiveness, and then move on and try to be better. Because maybe God will use those mistakes to fulfill a part if his plan for his creation.
I want to focus on two verses of Romans 11. “‘34 Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ 35 ‘Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?’” In the course of my lifetime, I have needed counsel from people many times. I don’t know everything about everything, and so I lean on people I know who can help me. Then I try to repay those people who help me by doing things for them in return. It’s the right thing to do I think. But God, on the other hand, is all knowing. He doesn’t need my counsel. Even though there are times when we think we know what God should do in a situation, we really don’t know. He doesn’t need our advice or critique. And never have I done something so amazing for him that he would ever feel the need to repay me. Yet, he has repaid me by sending Jesus to be sin for me, so that I, and you, can have life eternal. Kind of crazy that, despite all of our shortcomings, God has still given us the greatest gift of all. Grace. And that can’t be taken away by anyone. Thanks be to God.