May 7, 2019

 

Your Past Is Your Past
Stephen Heleman

Last week when we looked at the life of Moses, the Hebrew people were in a very dire situation. Today, we see that there is not a quick or easy solution. In fact, it just gets worse. The king was desperate to reduce the number of Hebrews. It must have been a horrific situation for the Israelite people.

Read Exodus 1:22 here

Moses Is Drawn Out

Read  Exodus 2:3-10 here.

In the midst of the tragic chaos we read about in Exodus 1, there is one woman who had a son. She had no idea who her son would become, nor how he would impact the future; she just knew that she was desperate to save him. The woman chose a strategic spot along the river and placed her baby there in a basket. Not long after, the daughter of the Pharaoh finds the baby, takes compassion on him, and takes him from the river to be raised as her own son.

This is God working as only He can. Here is a Hebrew child who should be dead but instead, grows up in the palace with all the advantages of wealth, education, power, and pleasures. He was drawn out of a life destined for slavery into a life of privilege and power. God continues to draw people out; He pulls us out of our old life into a new life with Him.

Moses Flees

Read Exodus 2:11-15 here.

In this part of the story of Moses, we jump ahead to him as a young man. Moses knew who he was and the life he had been saved from. As he watched his people, he felt bad for them. As a result, he killed a man and tried to hide it. But sin rarely stays hidden. Someone had seen Moses, and he was forced to flee for his life. 

You Have A Past

Moses started at the bottom; he rose to the top; then, because of his sinful actions, he returned to the bottom. I wonder if Moses thought his life was over and that he was going to spend the rest of his life in the wilderness. 

We all have failures, brokenness, and missed opportunities in our past. But our past also includes successes and blessings. Our past failures can cause desperation; whereas, our past successes can cause complacency. Either one could keep us from God's best today. But, your past is your past. 

  • Learn From It. Let your past be your teacher. Pick a success or a failure and ask yourself, "What does this teach me about myself, about God?"
  • Leave It Behind. You can't change your past, but it does not have to define your future. It doesn't matter where you've been or where you are now. It matters where you are going. 

What Moses and so many others teach us is that no matter how messed up our past is, God is not finished with us. Our hindrance is not our past, our hindrance is our unwillingness to move forward with God. Pray and ask Him, "Where are you leading me today?"

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