June 4, 2018.    Pastor Charles
In the Same Place

9 “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Exodus 3:9-10

Moses was born to Hebrew parents, and to escape the death decree of Pharaoh, he was thrown into River Nile. Pharaoh’s daughter found him when she came to take her bath (Exodus 2:5). She took him as her own son and he grew up in Pharaoh’s house. When he became an adult, there was a day he saw an Egyptian oppressing a Hebrew. Aware that God had raised him up, to be the deliverer of his people, he killed the Egyptian who was oppressing the Hebrew. The news of what he did spread and he had to run away. That was when he was 40 years old. Under divine guidance, he went to stay with Jethro and even married the daughter of Jethro. He was there for another 40 years.

At the age of 80, God sent him back to Egypt. God said to him, “I’m giving you another chance. Now in the same place, in the same land where you failed, go and represent Me.” God sent him back to Egypt to succeed where he had once known failure. Friend, succeeding in the same place where you have failed does not mean that if you are going in the wrong direction and you realize it, you should continue in that direction. No. That is fanaticism. Fanaticism is doubling your efforts in the wrong direction. However, if you are pursuing a godly cause and you fail, you can rise again in the same place. Rise again and start all over again, because He is the God of another chance.

Peter walked again on the same water in which he sank (Matthew 14:22-31). He could have asked Jesus to carry him on His shoulders, but he did not. Samson is another person who succeeded after failing. He could have said, “Lord, You see I am now in the territory of the Philistines, there is nothing I can do, I am helpless, the situation was not as bad when I was captured, as it is now. When they caught me I still had my two eyes, but now my eyes are gone.” Samson didn’t do that. There is no other place where it is recorded that a man pulled down the pillars of a great house with his hands (Judges 16:1-31). It was the miracle of God. Just like these men, you too can walk in the same place where you failed.

Confession: Father, I thank You for giving me opportunities to walk where I once failed, and see success and enjoy victories this time around.