Summary: This is the second message in a series on Moses that shows being God's man is never easy. This message teaches that there are never any failures, just learning experiences.
How many of you have ever failed at something? If we are brutally honest we would all admit that we have failed more times than we would like to admit. However, I would like to suggest that there are two classes of people who fail: The ones who give up and the ones who use those failures as learning experiences. Consider some of these examples of great men who used their failure as learning experiences which would lead to their great successes. As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, "I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth." Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62. He later wrote, "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, Never, Never, Never give up." Moses is another example of someone who failed miserably before succeeding. As we will learn Moses learned a great deal from his failures and the truth is so can we. Our goal today is to learn from Moses’ example of turning failures into learning experiences which will enable us to succeed in the future.
I. Things Moses learned from his failure.
A. It’s a bad idea to try to accomplish God’s will by our own means.
1. The narrative moves along very rapidly. Moses goes from being a child to being forty years old in the space of a few verses.
2. Moses now an adult is obviously aware that he is of Hebrew descent and has a soft spot in his heart for his people.
3. Moses makes a knee jerk reaction when he sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew unmercifully.
4. Moses probably realized that his decision to intervene was a bad idea as the dead Egyptian laid at his feet.
5. Moses was called to bring deliverance to the Hebrews but his actions were not a part of God’s plan.
B. Waiting on God is as important as taking action.