How Do We Run to Him Every Single Time?
Written by: Saphace Asamoah
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“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.” - Exodus 2:14
Have you ever done something so bad that you wanted to forget about it? Maybe no one to this day knows what you did! We must remind ourselves constantly that God will not treat us like humans treat us.
Moses killed a guy and then hid his body in the sand. Yes, you read that right! (Feel free to read the rest of Exodus 2.) Moses knew he was in trouble when two Hebrews told him that they saw him do it. Dang! Ain’t no use hiding now! Who knows if others saw him when he committed the murder? Somehow God still used Moses to lead the Israelite nation into freedom! Amazing, right?
Ladies, God wants to use you. No matter what you’ve done in the past, God won’t give up on you! He’s always rooting for you!
I think a lot of us remember things we’ve done that we regret. I used to feel so embarrassed by my mistakes that I stuffed those memories down so I couldn’t remember them. Little did I know, God isn’t about forgetting things. He wants us to confront our issues so that we can learn how to cope with struggles in a healthy way. If we don’t let God build us up, do we really think we can build others up?
Even now as I continue my journey as a Christian, I have to remind myself that there is no other place to find peace and healing but in God alone. He is the only true refuge we can find. It’s not a one-time thing where we snap our fingers and suddenly we feel better about the whole world. Even when I ask God’s forgiveness, I have to remind myself of who God is and who He continues to prove Himself to be. The Bible is good evidence of that.
Like I said, God used Moses to lead a nation! Is that the story you would’ve imagined for his life if you had witnessed Moses committing murder? For most of us, the answer is no. None of us could have predicted his potential, except God.
It’s hard for most of us to look past anyone’s mistakes, even our own. In fact, we often look so long at our shortcomings that we let them define us. Sound familiar? Moses ran away from his problems! And guess what? That’s not unlike a lot of our own responses to mistakes and other sorts of slip ups. I used to stuff down memories! While I was not physically running away from anything, I thought it was better to emotionally and spiritually detach myself from things that I felt could destroy what people thought of me.
Instead of asking God to help me navigate my circumstances, I thought I knew what was best for me. Just like when the man asked Moses, “Who made you ruler and judge?”, I made MYSELF ruler and judge. How many times do we cope in a way that shows we think we know better than God? Countless.
If God is meant to be our refuge, how do we run to Him every single time instead of trying to figure out a way out of the mess?
1. What is the first thing you do when you make a mistake or make a wrong decision? Do you turn to the Lord in prayer or do you try to cover it up?
2. Why is this your response? How does your response demonstrate how you see God and how you see yourself?
God, You are a refuge like nothing else I can find in this world. Only You rule and judge our hearts righteously. May I turn to You when I need You instead of thinking I know what’s best. You want to build me up so I can build others up. Amen.
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