Partners in God’s purpose

Exodus 2:11-22 (NIV): “One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labour. 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.”

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock.

Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?” They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.” “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”

Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”

The first thing to mention is that the killing of the Egyptian was totally wrong – this action by Moses was not in harmony with God’s ways.

Selwyn covers this issue, in his conclusion: “Scripture never attempts to cover up the character flaws of the people whose lives are recorded in its pages. … What does that say to us? It says that God does not wait until we are perfect before He uses us. He does not delight in our imperfections, of course, but He does not disregard us because of them either. God can, does and will transform the most unlikely people into partners in His purpose.”

Don’t you agree, it’s great, that God will use us for His work – even when we’re terribly flawed people and still a long way from being fully transformed into the likeness of Jesus?