Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 25, 2019

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 7:23-29.

“But when he (Moses) was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.  And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian.  And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him, but they did not understand.  On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’  But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND JUDGE OVER US?  YOU DO NOT MEAN TO KILL ME AS YOU KILLED THE EGYPTIAN YESTERDAY, DO YOU?’  At this remark, MOSES FLED AND BECAME AN ALIEN IN THE LAND OF MIDIAN, where he became the father of two sons.”  Acts 7:23-29.

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Our first thought may be:  “What good can come from all of these events?!”

But, we remember Scripture.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28.

And then, we meditate on today’s Scripture some more, and we see how God used or could have used these events for Moses good.  Here are some examples.

First, in Midian, Moses “became the father of two sons.”

Second, although the one who was injuring his neighbor accused and frightened Moses by his words:  “WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND JUDGE OVER US?”, we can reasonably believe that God caused those words to remind Moses that He, God, was The One Who made Moses a ruler and judge over the people of Israel.

Third, although Moses was mistaken in his belief “that his brethren understood that God was granting them deliverance through him”, we can reasonably believe that God caused his mistaken belief to strengthen Moses that God’s deliverance of Israel was not dependent on Israel understanding.  There would be times when Israel would question, accuse, and rebel against Moses, but Moses needed to still trust God’s promises that He would deliver Israel through him (Moses).

We can believe that for us too, God will cause all things to work together for our good.

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?”  Romans 8:31.

We too can trust God.

“I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!””  Psalm 91:2.


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