Importance of timing
Timing is important in everything. There is a time to every purpose under heaven and God makes everything beautiful in his time (Eccl. 3:1, 11). God makes everything beautiful in his own time, not in our self-appointed time as humans. This is a vital lesson that Moses had to learn as he made up his mind to work and walk with God,
“And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian. For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them. But they understood not” (Acts 7: 23-25.
When Moses was fully grown up to the age of forty, he decided on his own to start his ministry. He supposed his brethren would understand his calling. When he saw an Egyptian smiting an Israelite, he looked this way, that way and slew the Egyptian. He told the Israelite: “Don’t tell anybody what happened”. By the following day, the news had gone round. Moses went out to the field again and was trying to settle a scuffle between two Israelites. One of them replied “Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian ..?” (Exo. 2:14). Pharaoh also heard the news and demanded for the head of Moses. Moses had to flee for his dear life to the land of Midian.
Jumping the gun
What was the problem? Moses jumped the gun! Surely, the call of God was upon his life. His mother already lectured him about whom he was. He knew within him that God was going to use him to set his brethren free from the bondage of Egypt. Moses saw himself as fully grown for the assignment. He was ready to take the risks involved. The only thing he did not do was asking God in prayers for the timing. God is a God of timing.
Jesus was always conscious of God’s timing for his showing-forth. He said in John 2:4 “Mine hour is not yet come”. When he heard that his friend Lazarus was sick, he waited until he got clearance from heaven. By the time he got there, Lazarus was already four days in the grave. It all bothers on the right timing. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and his fame went throughout the whole land. God’s name was glorified. (John 11)
Moses ran ahead of his timing and he got himself into trouble. He became a fugitive in a foreign land. He had to run for his dear life. The story of how he managed to escape and beat the Egyptian police and immigration networks should be enough to produce a film or write a book. Only God could have helped him to escape.
God is never in a hurry to use a man. He takes his servants through processes before showing them forth. Moses only learned how to handle authority in the palace. He was yet to learn how to tend the sheep in the wilderness. Tending sheep will help him to learn how to relate with God’s people, the Israelites.
God just started the lessons. It is dangerous to send an untrained soldier to battle. Training takes time. It also takes proving. Moses was yet to be proved and approved by God for the assignment.
Wait for God’s timing
The nudging in your heart that God would use you is not all you need to hear from God for a calling. You also need to wait for the appropriate timing. The nudging in you is a signal for the beginning of a process of preparation. It is not yet the full call. The process of preparation starts with separation and consecration. Moses had the nudging. He already separated his life and destiny from being the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. To separate is ‘to set’ or ‘move apart’. It is also to ‘cause to become disconnected’. Moses already moved apart and was disconnected in his mind from the future of being the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.