“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. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 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?’ 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.’” Exodus 2:11-14
Sometimes we think that we can get away with our sins. We look around and think to ourselves, “No one is around to see me do ______.” You can fill in the blank with anything that you do in secret. However, no matter what, God will be watching. As we examine this passage from Exodus, we read about a terrible sin that Moses committed. One that is unforgivable by today’s standards. After Moses committed this terrible crime and discovered others had seen what he had done, he immediately fled to avoid his punishment from Pharaoh. Moses would then start a new life in Midian where he could leave behind his old actions. As I was reading this, I wondered about why the murder wasn’t viewed as such an evil act. Sure, others were afraid of what he has done, and he would have been punished but Moses continued to live. Not only live but would eventually bring the world the 10 commandments that even listed, you shall not murder.
What a change of events! A person who had committed one of these cardinal sins is now telling people to not follow his actions. My main point is God uses people in mysterious ways. God knew what Moses had done. He knows all things. Yet he still used Moses to deliver his words and commands to the public as they are just as lost. We all are! No one is perfect. No one is the perfect messenger to read God’s word. We are all living our lives, going through unknown obstacles. Except, we are all united by one common meaning. We are God’s children. We are all created equal. Created in his image to be able to carry out his good deeds.
So today, as you go out into the world, remember that you are not perfect and that is ok. Remember that someone is watching your actions. You can choose to do more good than harm. You are always in control of yourself and can use your life to empower others. To inspire others to accomplish something great. To encourage your spouse to take that next leap of faith. Or maybe even start that adventure that you were putting off. God is watching you every day, and he is proud of you. Today let’s be reminded that our God is good and is always here for anything that we need. Let us pray.
by Kurt Hamilton
Dear Heavenly Father,
God you are good. You always are here to guide us. Lead our hearts to cause more good than harm today. Let us always be reminded that someone is watching us. And use that reminder to help us serve you more. To use your reminders to make the people around us better. God, you are a gracious leader. One that calms us in times of fear. A God that tends to us in times of need. Teach us to call on you when we need to remember that someone is there for us. We thank you for today and all the days to come. Amen.