I’ve been through some rough times since 1968 when I first started in ministry. I’ve often felt like giving up. In fact, many people I knew in those days thought that I should. But Jamie and I stuck it out, and we now see countless lives changed through the message of God’s unconditional love and grace. We want to share with you some of the things the Lord taught us that kept us going, and we pray they will do the same for you. Although we knew God’s general will for us from the beginning, we didn’t have a clue how to bring it to pass. We had to learn to remain totally dependent on Him and listen to His still, small voice for the step-by-step revelation of His plan. As we diligently sought Him, each step became clear and the ministry grew.
Moses made a critical error, which was recorded in Exodus 2:11-12:
“And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.”
Because Exodus 2 doesn’t provide much detail, some assume that Moses simply defended the Hebrew because it was the right thing to do, not because Moses realized he was a Hebrew himself. Acts 7:23-25, however, contradicts this thinking: “And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.” Through these verses, it’s clear that Moses knew God called him to bring deliverance to the Hebrews. Although Moses knew God’s will, he thought his own strength and influence would bring it to pass. He took matters into his own hands and killed the Egyptian, thereby totally
missing God’s plan and timing for the Israelites’ deliverance. It ended up costing Moses forty years in the wilderness, which was not God’s original plan.
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