by Rex Yancey

Failure Does Not Have To Be Final
Rex Yancey
Exodus 2:21

Moses had a very interesting life. He was miraculously saved by the creativity of his Mother and her faith in God. He was educated by the Pharaoh and became a prince in the land. His mother was brought in to be his nanny. She taught him the ways of God.
He went to check on the slaves and saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. He looked both ways to see if anyone was looking. He killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The news got out and he fled to Midian.
The life of Moses can be divided into three sections of 40 years. In the first forty years, Moses learned to be somebody. In the second 40 years, Moses learned to be nobody. In the last 40 years, Moses learned what God could do with somebody who learned to become nobody.
I want us to pick up this message today where Moses settled in the land of Midian. We are dealing with the second 40 years of his life.
Exodus 2:21, Moses was willing to dwell with the man…"NAS I like the KJV version. "Moses was content to dwell with the man…"
-I think we could say that Moses was satisfied with his situation.
Once he had lofty hopes of serving God in his generation. He got in the flesh and thwarted his dreams. Now he had settled down and accepted that such greatness was not for him. He is an 80 year old shepherd looking after sheep.
How could he be so satisfied in his failure?
1. The passing years were a factor in his contentment. He is now going on 80 years of age. He had seen the oppression of Egypt, experienced his burst of anger, and fled the land. He had dreamed dreams of deliverance but disaster struck.
-Moses was a use to be. 40 years had gone by. He was no longer the man he once was. The time for greatness was over. His dream had failed and for 40 years there was no summons from the people and no call from God. He had been forgotten by both and must content himself in his quiet and pleasant lot. He ...

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