After a couple of months he realised that these people really didn’t make him a better person, and he could no longer trust them.
Reference: v.12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I was chatting to a friend the other day who was talking about blocking his phone number. He had been having a lot of fun with a group of people that he thought were really cool. While he wasn’t really proud of some of their actions, he had pushed his better judgment aside so that he’d be accepted into the group. After a couple of months he realised that these people really didn’t make him a better person, and he could no longer trust them. In an attempt to keep them at arms length, he blocked his mobile number in the hope that they wouldn’t be able to track his movements. While it is good that there are security options on our technical devices, I actually thought that it was quite sad that my friend had got to this point. If he had used his better judgment from the beginning, then these security measures would not haven been necessary.
Application: We all make mistakes in our lives and then, often, we spend the next little while trying to cover up for our bad choices. My mate is not alone in doing so. Even Moses, one of the most prominent figures in the Old Testament, made mistakes that he tried to cover up. Due to his mistake he left his people for many years. I don’t believe that this was the ideal plan, but the great thing about God, is that He truly does forgive our bad choices and gives us a second chance. Even with Moses’ mistake, God was able to use him to do great things. It’s always better if we make the wise choice to begin with, but it’s fortunate that God is not restricted by our poor decisions.
Prayer: Lord, the things of this world always seem so delightful. Help us to make wise choices so that we don’t have to cover our tracks. Amen.
What poor choice have you made recently? Praise God that He has forgiven you and has something greater in store for you.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.
Very interesting and I know of a situation right now where someone has vanished because of guilt.
Very sad. My prayer is that the person will know God’s love and mercy and accept His forgiveness.
He loves me and forgave me big time.