I was very young the first time it happened. It was in church. Someone was sharing their experiences from a third world mission trip and my heart was overwhelmingly troubled. If they would have been taking volunteers to go that day, I would have impulsively signed up to and marched off to single handedly change the world…for a day or two. I was afraid of many things at that point in my life, and I would have fled as soon as I encountered the first one.
Moses saw the need of his oppressed brothers and that overwhelmingly troubled his heart so that he was ready to change the world. He thought no one was around so he took matters into his own hand and made things happen. The resulting murder made an impact he wasn’t prepared for. His life is threatened, he fears (Ex 2:14) and he flees (2:15).
Years later, Moses hears of the need of his oppressed brothers. His heart is troubled and he is ready to change the world. But the reigning king doesn’t agree and again Moses is threatened with death. This time, the writer of Hebrews (11:27) tells us, Moses does not fear the king’s anger.
Amazing. The first time he flees in fear but the second time he purposefully leaves undaunted by the king. The difference is that the second time “he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.” (11:27) How do you see someone who is invisible? by faith and not by sight.
When I am acting impulsively on my own, I make fear a distinct possibility. Calm assurance, and fortitude are the result of following God’s promptings, God’s promises, and God’s purposes. This is a great template for me to apply to the fears in my life.
Blessings to you who meander after Moses with me,