Moses, who wrote the book of Exodus, was trained in the best schools of Egypt, no doubt. And it is evident that he knew how to write. The plot of the story requires that the writer lay out how Moses goes from being a prince in Egypt to a wanderer in the Sinai desert. In a masterful bit of writing skill, we have the entire account in one brief paragraph, which is our reading today. Different movies have portrayed these events in various ways, with their own twists and turns added in, but here is what really happened.
- Moses kills an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew.
- He thinks no one knows, but then discovers that the word is out.
- Pharaoh tries to kill Moses over it, so Moses flees.
And thus, in a very quick series of events, Moses goes from royalty to renegade, having lost just about everything.
Life can change in a hurry, can’t it. One day we wake up and it’s just another day. And something happens in that day that forever alters the rest of our lives. In those moments, it is easy to despair and lose all hope. We feel the loss and and take on the words of scripture which say “how the mighty have fallen”.
But the fact of the matter is that this “loss” became the turning point for Moses, which led to him becoming one of the greatest Hebrews of all time. It doesn’t always work out this way, but for the follower of Jesus, we know that “all things work together for good to those who love Him.”. Have you had any “reversals” in your life lately? Remember, God can take the most devastating of days and turning it into one of the turning points of our lives, leading us into all that the Lord has prepared for us.