First surprise. Next confusion, followed by fear, like icy fingers around the heart. When Moses’ well-kept secret hit the prime-time networks, he got the shakes. And acting on fear, the biblical account states that “he fled from the presence of Pharaoh.” Why did he run? Verse 15 tells us, “Pharaoh tried to kill Moses.” Now that Moses had tipped his hand and shown his true loyalties, Pharaoh couldn’t stomach having such a threat around. In the king’s eyes, a disloyal and out-of-control prince was better off dead. What awful repercussions grew out of Moses’ ill-considered action.
It is very possible that you, too, have been forced to deal with such consequences. Your track record may reflect a pattern of great ambition but little knowledge. Great desire but little discernment. Great aspirations but little humility. Great zeal but little wisdom. And so you have to run the rabbit trails right to the bitter dead-ends, one after another. You’ve run faster each time, but never succeeded. None has taken you where you wanted to go. And if the truth were known, your impulsive actions have resulted in an unbearable situation.
In my book, there’s only one thing worse than being at the end of a self-directed life, and that’s being in the middle of one.
You say, “Well, I’m in my thirties, I ought to know better than that.” Moses was forty.
You say, “Hey, I’m no novice! I’ve got education and training like you wouldn’t believe!” Better than Moses? Remember, by this time in his career, he was “educated in all the learning of the Egyptians.”
Our impressive resumé is part of the problem. Sometimes we’re educated beyond our own intelligence. We know more than we’re safe to handle! The truth is, when you rely on the flesh to get a job done, you don’t need more schooling. You don’t need another degree. You don’t need more training seminars. Plain and simple, you need wisdom. So do I. So do all of God’s people.
But discerning wisdom takes time. It takes some major bumps in the road. It takes enduring some failures and swallowing big and bitter doses of humility. Welcome to reality.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.