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he killed the Egyptian // Exodus 2:12

  • Anne Dahlhauser

    Anne blogs at Front Porch, Inspired about surrendering everyday living for sacred purposes. She and her husband, Jay, are founders of a ministry called The Bridge, focusing on missional living and advocacy for youth in vulnerable places of life. She holds an MA in Teaching Languages (English and Spanish) and is a lover of words and the Word, culture and communication. Jay and Anne have five kids, a front door that can’t stay closed, and an abundance of messy, holy chaos at their neighborhood center/home in Iowa – of all places.

  • 2015 Oct 30
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he killed the Egyptian

...and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Exodus 2:11-12

Moses knew what he saw was unjust. And, he must have had some understanding of what God was calling him to accomplish among his people, as we read in Acts 7:25:

He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. Acts 7:25

Yet, Moses had need of patience. In immaturity, he longed to start making the wrongs right, freeing the bound, championing their rights, and proclaiming justice - all good things.

But, it's easy to try to make a good thing into a God thing & miss His greater purpose.

In time, Moses would see the fulfillment of God's purpose in his life. And, friends, so will we.

God's divine workings aren't measured by the little hand or the big hand, but by a sovereign hand that moves on a heavenly clock, beyond our understanding.

Today, it's OK to wait for His vision to be clear. Let's not jump ahead with passion that hasn't been tempered in patience and refined in prudence. God's hand will move, according to His will - not our watch.


Lord Jesus, thank you that you are above all, beginning and end, first and last. Time does not define you, and you are not constrained by its passing. Help us trust you when impatience eats at our contentment. Hold us back when we want to run ahead - especially into good things that have not yet been purified into God things. Keep us in your will, for we long to stray. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

31 Days of Purpose: Devotions from the early life of Moses

PurposeFrom a boat-basket to a burning bush, Moses’ call to leadership is filled with everyday people and situations, all divinely orchestrated for God's divine purpose. As we study the early years of Moses, we see a consistent theme of God raising up the unlikely and transforming the average with His anointing. That's me, and that's you - common people, yet commissioned for a high calling. Let's step into it this month, together. Click here for the whole series.