Looking Back, Looking Forward

By faith [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27

Recommended Reading Exodus 2:11-25

The movie “The Fugitive” was based on the earlier TV show by the same name. Both were about a doctor falsely accused of killing his wife and his quest to find the guilty assailant. One of the Old Testament’s most famous characters, Moses, was also a fugitive. Unfortunately, he was guilty as charged—a man on the run.

When he was forty years old, Moses killed an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave. He fled to Midian where he found refuge with Jethro’s family. For forty more years, Moses looked back on that event, no doubt with sorrow and confusion. He would have been justified in thinking he was doomed to live out his life as a shepherd in Midian until he met the God of his forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God redeemed Moses from his life as a fugitive and commissioned him to return to Egypt and lead the Hebrew slaves to freedom. Looking back, Moses saw the fear of guilt. Looking forward, he saw the fear of inadequacy. But he also saw the presence and adequacy of God.

Don’t let shame or guilt keep you from seeing the mission God has for your going forward. Yesterday’s guilt is overshadowed by tomorrow’s grace.

Antony of Egypt stated; “Do not grieve about a sin that is past and gone.”


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