I grew up listening to a song that said, “When God has another plan, He simply chooses another man.” I find this true throughout the Bible. God is in the business of choosing people (both men and women) to carry out His plans. Exodus 1 ended on a cliffhanger, so let’s jump back in to the story!
1Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushesand daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
You can breathe now! Moses is safe, and is in the care of a babysitter—his mother. Let’s keep reading to see where God will lead Moses now. He wants to get His people out of Egypt, and fast!
11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well.
Well so much for God’s plan! Moses is a murderer now, and won’t be able to be used by God, right? NO! God can truly use anybody! And while God did not want Moses to kill the Egyptian, and had to adjust His ideal plan to give Moses some time for training. And that’s why we find Moses sitting by a well. Let’s see what he’s doing now…
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”
Well there’s one thing that came out of Moses’ quick move to Midian—a wife! All goes to show how a little bit of kindness can go a long way! So guys, if you’re looking to get a wife, go out of your way to be kind to them. Actually, that’s not bad advice for everyone. It’s what Jesus did when He was on earth. He went out of His way to show kindness to others. And aren’t we called to be like Him?
23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
“Help!” “Help us!” God heard those cries from the Hebrews’ dungeon of slavery, and He was about to come and rescue them. It was time to commission their leader. But I suppose we’ll have to wait for the next chapter to see what Moses says!
When God has another plan, he simply chooses someone new to get it done. Moses was God’s chosen man for the purpose of leading His children out of slavery. Moses messed up the plan, and because of this, the Hebrews were in slavery a little longer than they might have been. Of course, who really knows if God may have brought Moses to Midian either way?
God has a plan for you! Yes, YOU are His chosen person. He has BIG plans, but He needs you to get to know Him better first. I encourage you to spend time in His word daily, so that you can learn what God’s perfect plan for your life is. And when you mess it up, like Moses, remember that when a choir director hears bad notes, he/she simply goes over the same few measures again. God will lead you back through the areas you need to improve. It’s His promise! Trust Him today!
God Bless, and Happy Sabbath!
-Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.