Sometimes our actions get ahead of God’s timing and God’s purposes. Consider for example, the early years of Moses.
The Egyptians had compelled the sons of Israel to labor rigorously. In His mercy, God sent baby Moses to provide justice for His people. In the providence of God, Moses was reared by Pharaoh’s daughter.
When Moses had grown up, one day he was out walking among his brethren, the Israelites, and he saw their hard labor. The author of Hebrews tells us this was a faith issue. Would Moses identify with his adopted people or with God’s people? By faith, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. And instead, he chose to endure ill-treatment with the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.
And then one day, seeing the injustice of an Egyptian Moses took action into his own hands. Moses looked both ways. When he saw that no one was around, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
In some ways, you can see a foreshadowing of Moses’ life work. The exodus itself.
But I think a better way of seeing this is that Moses simply got ahead of God. Yes, Moses was to deliver God’s people from the hand of the Egyptians. But not in Moses’ strength. He was to do that in God’s strength. Israel is to be delivered from Egypt by the strong hand of the LORD, not the little hand of Moses.
Pharaoh will hear about this incident and he will try to kill Moses. But Moses will flee from the presence of Pharaoh.
In time, Moses will find himself on the backside of the wilderness in front of a burning bush where he will be called and commissioned by the LORD for the great work of deliverance. Moses will be sent back to Egypt with the word from God, “Let My people go!” Of course even after the encounter with the LORD on the backside of the wilderness, there was still the of issue circumcision and the bloody covenant that had to be addressed before Moses could serve as the God-appointed deliverer.
That initial action of striking down the Egyptian and hiding him in the sand seems to be a sinful dissent to Moses’ governing authorities. It was not the time and place for that action. Or even that kind of action. Moses, who was to follow the LORD, got ahead of the LORD.
As the people of God, we must remember that it is important for us to do God's work for God's glory in God's time and in God's way. But if we waver form any of those points into our work or our glory or our time or our way, then we offer a sinful dissent to the government.