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Getting out of Midian

This is not our destiny!

Midian is not our destiny!

There is a powerful story in Scripture about Moses running to the land of Midian. It happens after he kills an Egyptian who had abused one of his Hebrew brethren (Ex. 2:11-15). In this circumstance Moses expresses a common feeling… what most of us feel in the midst of injustice.

In verse 12 it states the problem… “He looked this way and then that; when he realized there was no one in sight, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand”. The spirit of strife arose inside of Moses to such a degree that it blinded his heart… forsaking the command of God in regards to murder.

Choices are the fruit of a heart’s focus!

Raised an Egyptian and coming to grips with the Hebrew heartbeat was like standing in an intersection and not knowing which way to turn. Moses’ wrong choice released the confusion that resided in his heart and created an enormous backlash among his brethren. The next day he went out to find two Hebrew men fighting. He spoke to the man who started it: “Why are you hitting your neighbor?” The man shot back: “Who do you think you are, telling us what to do? Are you going to kill me the way you killed that Egyptian?” Then Moses panics… “oh no, word’s gotten out; people know about this”. Secrets are often difficult to shake free from. Pharaoh hears about it and tries to kill Moses, but Moses gets away to the land of Midian. He sits down by a well with his confusion and there receives the call to be the “hand” of deliverance for God’s people (Ex. 3:1-4).

Midian is not the place Moses chose to go…

But God would meet Him there. Interestingly the word Midian means “striving” or “habit” and the Midianites were the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son from another season of bad choices. Oddly enough its very rare that one generation’s poor choices do not become a crucible for our life later, but that is another blog topic. Yet now, in order to escape punishment for killing the Egyptian, Moses runs away to Midian, a place of habitual strife. He finds himself face-to-face with… “himself”.

Sounds like God’s intervention…

Running away takes Moses to a burning bush… with a broken heart.  Moses became a stranger in a strange land, separated from his home and family… and he needed a new identity. It took many years after this incident for Moses to be ready to serve God. The good news is that Moses did trust God (Heb. 11:27) and leave Midian. Moses found the God who transforms our identity!

We must recognize the God who transforms us as quickly as possible and allow His priorities to shape our life choices. If not, we may find ourselves visiting the land of strife. Leaving Midian can only happen when we have felt the crushing reality of God’s intervention in our character. Yet it must happen if we expect God to use us, bless us, or prosper us.

Character transformation is the defining reality of what makes a leader attractive to those who follow.

When I find myself on edge, offended or bitter toward others, there is a good chance that I am hanging out in “Midian, the land of strife”. There are spiritual realities that effect my thought life, choices and behavior patterns. God takes us into places that test us and show us what resides within our hearts. He does this for our good, as His way of chastening His children.

God chastens those whom He loves and accepts! (Heb 12:4-11)

The Christian attitude toward anger and strife should be consistent with God’s heart. There is just no room for angry outbursts or strife ridden behavior in the processing of Christian relationships. We should call it sin and repent of it or we give place to confusion. Like Moses, we could wind up in the land of Midian until it gets burned out of us.

Here is what the Bible says: (Ps. 37:8)(Prov. 19:19)(Prov. 27:4)(Eccl. 7:9)(Gal. 5:19-20)(Eph. 4:31).

Living in Midian is like living next door to a volcano that only explodes once every couple of months. I believe many folks live in Midian, a land cursed by a spirit of strife and although the erruptions only occur every few months; life is lived in confusion and fear, waiting for when and how destructive the next outburst will be. This must not be our legacy, because it is most certainly not our destiny.

Getting out of Midian is as easy as recognizing the sinful behavior and repenting of it. Ask the Holy Spirit to deliver, then begin to rest upon the Truth that God is faithful to meet you in Midian with the power to transform your heart.

Perspective

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Some people are part of something bigger than themselves.

They have committed to something or followed somebody who had an enormous dream. Its in us to commit our emotion to the big dream, because of the adventure. As the adrineline begins to explode, we take little thought to the risk of time and talent… its passion for a cause.

 To entertain a dream; simply because it sounds good, can leave us broken when it costs too much or feels too uncomfortable to those we love. The problem when a dream like this comes up is that some people commit to following because of the leader’s charisma or it just feels so significant.

 Could we actually change the world?

 The hype or passion of an important cause; like injustice for example, can swoop us up by stirring our sympathy. I hear folks say “oh but this is such an important issue” when we may not be spiritually or emotionally ready to do anything.

 Perhaps the greatest dream ever thought through was in the mind of God… the Dream of Redemption.

 As He considered the dream it was His passion that moved His hands… God so loved the world that He chose to send His only Son (Jn 3:16). Jesus said we must count the cost (Lk 14:28) to see if we truly have the heart to make the changes required to truly follow the dream. His admonition was that we should each “pick up our cross” (Mt 16:24-25) and follow Him… follow the One with the dream.

 I want to shed some light on an issue here that must not be overlooked as we connect to the heart of God… for the dreams of God. Loving one another takes courage and it costs more than any of us often calculate. When feelings get hurt or words strain our fellowship there are times of re-evaluation.

 Do we really have the ability; the courage to love that person?

 I believe feelings (both good and bad) are some of the most important measurements of our commitment to love others… yes they are fickle but they help us calibrate our perspective on God’s dream. We might not ask the question, but we can feel our emotional discomfort when a dream becomes bigger than our character can carry. That’s when we give up or press into the Holy Spirit for character transformation.

 I heard a friend say “God will sometimes offend your mind to reveal your heart” and I see this principle so often in my life.

 As a forerunner in a ministry that is always aiming to be on the cutting edge, I see feelings get hurt often… both mine and those who follow the dream God has planted in our hearts. Feelings must get hurt to cause the re-adjustments that deepen our commitment levels and bring the dreams of God’s heart into proper perspective.

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