The Bible says in Exodus 2:12, that before Moses killed the Egyptian that was beating a Hebrew slave, he looked "this way and that way," and then killed the Egyptian. While we may think that Moses' heart was in the right place in his defense of the Hebrew, his actions were foolish, and clearly, had not been instructed by the Lord to do so.
Instead of looking around to insure no one was looking, Moses should have been looking up. He acted out of impulse and being impulsive, can have its drawbacks, as did Moses' impulsiveness; as it brought some devastating results in his life. While Moses might have been a leader in training, he wasn't ready at that point to lead. He had some serious schooling ahead of him, if he were to be used of God.
For what looked like the end, was actually the beginning of a plan that God had for Moses’ life and the people that he would lead under God’s authority and leadership. There are many ways in which God’s reasoning and actions make no sense to us. Often times we will ask God for help and our enemies show up at our doorsteps. We trust in Him to provide and it appears as though He withholds.
We plead for a day without pain, and yet another rolls around to bring us agony. We can also see this in the life of Job. One thing for sure is that God is never inconsistent, but simply running according to another time schedule and another set of plans and priorities.
While Moses questioned God concerning God’s choosing him, the prophet Habakkuk questioned God’s plan to use a pagan people to discipline the Hebrew children. It made no sense to either of these men.
Yet they both learned through the many years of God’s teaching and training them, through mistakes and heartbreaks that no matter what may have come their way, they would stay the course and serve God no matter what. When Moses approached the Red Sea, he acted in frustration and not faith, when he hit a rock that God told him to merely speak to.
A breach in faith that cost Moses from going into the Promised Land. As great a man as Moses was, God held His ground on the repercussions of consequence. While He forgave Moses, He did not allow Moses to enter the promised land that he would lead God’s people up to, but not enter in himself.
Moses was only allowed to look upon the Promise Land, but not enter it. Moses remained faithful to God even in this. For he knew that it was his actions that brought him that consequence, not Gods choice.
Habakkuk 2:1 says of Habakkuk, “Like a guard who waits through his watch with eyes peeled for a sign of movement, Habakkuk waited for God.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Ps. 27:14. And so we too must wait, no matter what our eyes see, our ears hear, or the condemnation that our hearts want to pass on to us, we must stay the course. For God is greater than our hearts.
I John 3:19-20 tells us that are in Christ, “This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything".
He may not appear to be there as of yet sweet friend; but hold on, wait for Him, He is nearer than you may think!
Hold Fast! -Bren