‘Look this way and look that way’

I wonder whether I could start
with a quiz and ask you where the above verse is located within the scriptures.
Well it’s taken  from Exodus 2:12.

The scripture states that Moses
‘looked this way and looked that way’, and assuming that nobody could see him,
he killed an Egyptian who was having problems with his neighbour. By looking
this way and that way, one can only assume that Moses knew that what he was
doing was wrong. Surely Moses must have been conscious that all was not right.
He knew that he had been called to be the deliverer of the Israelites but his
action was not worthy of God.  God does
not do His work like this and neither does He ask His children to do anything
that’s not befitting of our high and heavenly calling.

When Moses did bring the
Israelites out of Egypt, it was by a stretched arm and glorious power, so that
the Egyptians bowed themselves down and said, “Get thee out”.

Can you see the difference
between ‘looking this way and looking that way’ and the display of God’s
glorious power. I really believe that for those of us in the marketplace, there
is always the temptation to compromise, even if it seems like it’s just a
little bit. We rationalise that if it’s 99% right and 1% wrong, it’s okay. We
should move away from a little ‘look this way and look that way’ and not get
involved in things that cannot bear the weight of His scrutiny.

Like Moses, when we are not
convinced that all is not right, then it is not right. Yes, things can turn out
to be quite hard (a lesson I am learning from personal experience) but God
cannot be mocked. Remember, whatever a man sows he will reap. If we sow
dishonesty, guess what we will reap, but if we sow righteousness, then guess is
what we will reap. God rewards faithfulness and truthfulness.

Let us get into line with God, so
as to work with Him and not separately from Him. The bible encourages us to
avoid the appearance of evil.

The story continues with Moses
going out the next day only to discover that another Israelite knew about his
secret. Moses thought that nobody except God knew, but he was wrong. The moral
of the story: ‘Looking this way and that way’ has consequences’. For Moses,
this led him to the desert where he was to spend the next 40 years.

For us, let’s pray that God gives
us the grace not to compromise, even when we think we are helping God out.

So until I appear again in your
inbox, stay blessed


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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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