MOVE OUT OF THE PALATIAL TRAP
Moses realized that staying in the palace for forty years was boring, monotonous, frustrating and not fulfilling. He was not progressing, not moving and was just staying at the same place and was expected to worship Pharaoh contrary to his belief in the God of the Hebrews, The Almighty God. He had actually stagnated and overstayed at the palace – a lonely place where he was not helping anybody because people were supposed to do everything for him: bowing before him because he was the son of the king’s daughter. “When the child grew older she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “Because I drew him from the water.” (Exod 2:10 [NET]) He used to notice senior government officials freezing at his appearance and saluting him and being praised while deep inside of himself, he knew that he was a Jew from the lineage of those Jews who were slaving out there building pyramids while he was being Egyptianized by being brought up in the Egyptian culture, language, dressing and way of life.
Although he was being fed the best food, dressed with the most expensive Egyptian attire, he was still lonely up there; he longed to be with his people. He had overstayed at the level of idleness and he was just performing average. He used to wonder whether this is all that life has to offer. Is life all about the best food and drink, riding on the King’s chariots, walking on red carpets and being given the best education for the royal kids? He used to wonder whether he will ever feel self-fulfilled while deep inside of him, he was empathizing with his kinsmen who were being oppressed with hard labour because they were Jews. When will his fellow countrymen know that he was not an Egyptian but one of them? At that rate, he anticipated to end up an average resident of the palace waiting for the king to die so that he would accede to power. Deep inside of him, he knew that he was a Jew and was ready to lose his Egyptian inheritance if that would help save his fellow Jews from bondage. He knew that he was not an average performer but an optimal performer: one who would save his people from bondage.
An average place is where you are neither good nor bad. Average is the boundary between two extremes and any of the two extremes can suck you in. An average place is like the shore: that part of the land between land and the sea that hosts the coastal beaches where everyone would like to swim because it is a safe place, a comfort zone where you cannot drown.
Have you ever overstayed at the comfort zone long enough? Have you ever stagnated at the same place or post or level for a long time? It is time you launched out into the deep. “Come out of them and be separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17)[NIV]. Leave the crowds and your friends and your peers who are dragging you away from your purpose and away from your destiny. Common sense would help one to realize that overstaying at the shallow waters only makes the water murkier. It makes little common sense to overstay at the shallow waters as the place is congested with the milling crowd which might be mingling with all manner of people at the beach without ruling out idlers and pick pockets. Shallow waters are comfort zones. There are no risks of drowning. At the shallow waters, you are neither on mainland nor at the sea. Staying at the shallow waters can be likened to being at the middle of the road where you are neither at the left of the road nor at the right side of the road. But you will get nothing by overstaying at the middle of the road, or travelling at the middle of the road. Nobody can tell whether you are going to the left or right when you are at the middle of the road. It might be said that you are going this way and that way, similar to how satan walks. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Where are you coming from? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” (Job 1:7 [KJV])
It is a high time you decided which side of the road you want to travel along or else you will be crushed therein by those travelling to the right or to the left. Overstaying at the shallow waters can also be likened to sitting on the fence playing safe so as to fall over to whichever side wins. Fence sitters are known to be notorious in cheering both teams and eating at both camps. Shallow waters are places of self satisfaction; where there are no worries, no risks but are actually places of stagnation. To overstay at shallow waters would be reducing yourself to being neither good nor bad, a place of mediocrity, the favourite place for those who call themselves average people. One funny definition by an economist of an average person is that if an average person has one foot on a hot stove and the other foot in a deep freezer, then on the average, we can say he is comfortable. Average people live average lives, get average grades in high school, get average jobs, have average families and plunge into an average end. But God did not create average people. God created great people who would do wonders because “people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32)[KJV].
God created hardworking people who do not overstay at the place of lukewarmness but move on to the deeper waters which are clean and fresh. Furthermore there is little competition out there. And that is where they get hold of the big catch of fish. But the decision to either stay at the shallow waters and catch nothing or move on to the deeper waters so as to get hold of a great catch of fish is yours. It is your choice.
At the average spot, you can pass or fail, rise or fall, live or perish. Moses had stopped moving. His situation had stalled. He decided that enough was enough. He was tired of appearing stuck, stagnated, running on the spot but going nowhere. Deep inside of him was an energy urging him to find out what lies at the horizon. He decided to obey his curiosity and moved over to the edge of the desert and that was the time he found God. He had grazed the sheep in almost every part of the desert; the desert that he knew so well. He decided to go further to the edge of the desert. One’s end becomes God’s beginning. He found himself in the mountain of God, face to face with a burning bush that was not getting consumed. And that was the turning point in his life as God spoke to him out of the burning bush, telling him that the place he was standing on was holy ground. Life took a dramatic turn as God revealed Himself to him and sent him to Pharaoh to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:2-15) A great leader by the name of Moses was launched that day.
Get out of that palatial home that has enclosed you and shut you away from God’s plan Do not lock yourself in that palace or mansion of comfort so that you live happily ever after. ‘And he spake a parable unto them, saying, the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21) [KJV]
Run away from your Pharaoh like Moses did and remove those royal robes which held you that long in the palace which was actually you prison. Trace the steps of Moses who went faraway from the palace and found himself in the wilderness where he was welcomed and employed as a shepherd, looking at the sheep of Reuel who later became his father in law. Looking after sheep for forty years opened his mind as he meditated on the word of the Lord God Almighty who revealed to him great scriptural truths which he started compiling into the book of the law that he completed writing throughout his life.
“And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.” (Deut 31:24-26 [KJV]) It is believed that he crafted all these scriptures in what is called The five books of the law. The Bible refers to Moses as the authority behind the books of the Law. The books are referred to as the “Book of Moses” (5 times ), the “Law of Moses” (22 times ), the “Book of the Law of Moses” (4 times ), the “Word of the Lord by Moses” (1 Time ), and the contents of the books are attributed to Moses over 32 times (cf. 2 K. 21:8, 1 Ch. 15:15, 1 Ch. 22:13, 2 Ch 24:6, 2 Ch. 33:8, 2 Ch. 34:14, Ne. 1:8, Ne. 8:14, Ne. 10:29, Mal. 4:4, Matt. 8:4, Matt. 19:8, Matt. 22:14, Mark 1:44, Mark 7:10, Mark 10:4, Luke 5:14, Luke 20:37, Luke 24:27, John 1:45, John 5:46, John 7:19, John 7:22, John 8:5, Acts 3:22, Acts 15:21, Acts 26:22, Rom. 10:5, Rom. 10:19, 2 Cor. 3:15, Heb. 9:19).
Get out of the palace or your comfort zone and lead people out of slavery, out of the land of bondage and introduce the Almighty God to them by giving them the book of the law. Establish a ministry of delivering people from the wilderness to the promised land by grooming a leader who will continue your work of deliverance in the fear of the Lord. “And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses. And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,” (Deut 34:9-10 [KJV])
And the Lord said to Joshua “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” (Josh 1:2-3 [KJV])