HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. Exodus 2:12
This was creature strength, wrought on by creature passion, and ending in creature failure. Moses stood on an eminence and reached down to these poor brethren of his with a passing spasm of pity. He was very careful to look this way and that, so as not to invalidate his own position at court. And fear for himself carried him swiftly from the scene of his people’s woes. It was a brief effort to do the Divine work of redemption in his own energy. Long years must pass, during which God would drain away drop by drop his strength, his resolution, and his very desire to be an emancipator; that when he had become nothing, God through him might effect His almighty will.
We sometimes smite the Egyptian within. We rise up against some tyrant passion and strike two or three vigorous blows. Our efforts to rid ourselves of its thrall originate and are prosecuted in our own resolve. At first, the conflict seems easily our own; finally, the dead weight of all the Egyptians within is more than a match for us.
We often smite the Egyptian without. We make an assault on some giant evil – drink, gambling, impurity. It seems at first as though we should carry the position by our sudden and impetuous rush. But Egypt conquers in the end, and we flee.
No: we need to learn for the inward and outward conflict the lesson that forty years in Midian taught Moses, that only the Spirit of God in man can overcome the spirit of the world. My disappointment and repeated failure, by the silence of the desert, we are taught that we are nothing – then God becomes our all in all: and all things become possible to us as we believe.
In our religious practices, many have not learned that there is a process to harness the inward rewards, We are too, focus on the outward conflicts of the mind and body that we miss the very importance of what God is doing for us. There is a great lesson for us to learn from the forty years that Moses spent in the wilderness preparing for the God wanted him to do. Where is our vision? Where are we headed? As you may know that Christian knew that he was going to the celestial city and he was prepared and read for the mission.