Exodus 2:11-12 — 11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand (NIV).
During Israel’s journey to the Promised Land, Moses was a humble man with godly intentions. He knew the voice of the Lord and walked closely to Him, but that was not always the case. As you just read in Exodus 2, Moses struggled with anger early in his life. He became so angry one time that he murdered an Egyptian guard who was mistreating a fellow Hebrew.
After the murder, God handpicked and anointed Moses to be the leader of Israel’s deliverance. With the anointing came the ability to deal with difficult circumstances in a godly manner. Time passed, and Moses led Israel out of bondage. They faced many hardships as they traveled, but Moses was a model of patience. The Israelites complained, and he brought their requests to the Lord. He seemed to have left the past behind him.
Some time later, God gave Moses the chance to prove his character. Unfortunately, he flopped. Moses was armed with a word from the Lord; he was anointed to handle the situation properly, but his anger caused him to revert back to his old way of handling things.
Your true character is revealed when you’re under fire. All is well with your attitude as long as life is going as you think it should, but it is only a matter of time before your character will be put to the test. Times of testing reveal what we are made of.
Maybe today you are close to giving up on living a godly lifestyle. God has brought you through so much! Don’t revert back to your past because you are angry. He has anointed you to do what is right. Cast your cares on Him, and allow Him to guide you.
1 Timothy 2:8 — I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy (NLT).
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