Think of a time you have tried to hide a failure or sin from God and others. What were the consequences of that deception either relationally or in your own heart?
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. 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.”
Moses represents one of the great deliverers of our faith. He was used by God to free his people from oppression to the Egyptians in miraculous ways. But today we see that his first act of deliverance was nothing short of a complete failure.
Moses flees Egypt and ends up in the desert of Midian for 40 years. Through this event, Moses lost his identity, security, and prestige. He was a prince in Egypt with all the trappings of wealth, comfort, and security at his disposal and he ended up a criminal on the run in the desert. Yet, God still had plans for Moses even in the midst of another trial. God would use this time in the wilderness of Midian to prepare Moses for his future role in Israel’s deliverance.
Have you ever considered an action or failure from your past to have disqualified you from being used by God in the future?
How might God currently be using or how has He used a spiritual desert to prepare you for a bigger purpose?
Ask God to give you eyes to see the story He is telling with your life, especially the low points and failures. Lay these things at His feet as a way of surrendering your life to His healing touch.
Talk to your family or a friend about a time when God used a failure to teach you and mature you. What did you learn about yourself? About God?