What is it that you need to learn? What lessons does God need to teach you? What obstacles are standing in the way of your becoming the man or woman of God you ought to be? Many of the answers to these questions lie in the ability to make proper choices. Hebrews 11:25 says that Moses chose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.”
As we read that verse we applaud the decision only to find that he followed it up by killing an Egyptian taskmaster. Moses was learning to make proper choices (sometimes) but he was lacking two other crucial things. First, Moses had the greatest secular training you could ever have and he received a solid spiritual foundation that had been instilled in him by his mother, but he lacked a knowledge of the ways of God. In fact, we learn in Acts 7:25 that “he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.” Moses knew that God wanted to deliver His people but he was ignorant of how God would do it. He had a “zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.”(Romans 10:2). Second, the lordship of God had not yet been firmly established in the mind and heart of Moses. Moses did not know how God would carry out the task of deliverance so he enacted his own plan. His faith was strong, but it was in himself and not the Lord. He needed to learn the truth of Jesus’ words, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). Self was still much too strong in the life of Moses. God had to take Moses to the back side of the desert and teach him for 40 years. The lessons Moses learned, alone with God, made him into the man he would become.
Theodore Epp said, “This is the way God wants to work with us. Occasionally He has to allow great disappointments and even permit us to go backward for a time so we can get our eyes fixed on Him to go forward as we should. God allows this because He wants to train us in a better school. You see if it was Moses versus Egypt, then poor Moses, but if it was God, in Moses, versus Egypt, then poor Egypt.”