The wilderness university!!
There is nobody God has ever used without the experience of the wilderness. (Acts 7:20 -30) Moses was a man who was born in a time when there was so much cruelty. All the male children in the families of the Israelites were being killed. But his mother saw that he was a Godly and she hid him for three months (Exodus 2:2). Mothers, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit when he speaks about the purpose and destiny of your child.
Moses was learned in all Egyptian wisdom but God knew that he lacked something that was more important than the wisdom that he had gained from the Egyptian literature. And this could only be instilled into him or he could only learn it through God taking him through the wilderness. God being the master architecture of our lives, He has a plan and a purpose that he has created us for and He wants us to fulfill his purpose in our generation and in the span of life that he has given us under the sun. In the view of this, He also knows our strong points/areas and also our weakness. He works with us to blend us so that our weaknesses will be brought at par with our strengths. When you know your purpose in life, (Acts 7:25), you shouldn’t hurry it up. Let God work out his way for you.
Before this or the fulfillment of your purpose, God will make sure that He has dealt with all your weaknesses till you are fit for your mission. You know before a soldier is commissioned, he has to go through rigorous training for sometime till the trainers are satisfied that he is fit to go to war. The same, God has to take you through the training (wilderness) so that He can deal with you. During this time, let me tell you that there will be changes that you will undergo but they are all for your benefit. Moses had to forfeit some of the good things he was used to and conform to the wilderness lifestyle. These changes experienced by Moses were:
1) Change of residence – From the palace to the wilderness.
2) He was a learned man who is now in the wilderness later turned shepherd.
3) There was a change of status – he stood a chance to be the next pharaoh but now he is here in the wilderness and a murderer.
Many of us never like it when we are going through the wilderness or tough times, but remember God takes us there for our own benefit. It won’t be an enjoyable time while there but after it all and God is through with you, you will come out refined a better you than you were before. Let me look at the benefits of the wilderness university:
1. You are trained to be a better servant of God character-wise.
· Your character is your power and that is what God is interested in.
· Character development comes before ministry. God had to deal with the character of Moses first before He could release him into ministry. In the wilderness, God dealt with Moses in the following ways:
i. Moses learnt to be patient with God. – He could climb up Mt. Sinai and wait for God to speak for him for forty days and nights without complaining to God.
ii. Humility: God brought him down from somebody to nobody. From a prince to a shepherd. Many of us value our status very much and when we are supposed to humble ourselves, we forget and instead exhort ourselves. James 4:6 “God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). (The Amplified bible)
iii. Perseverance: God knew that the journey for Moses and the children of Israel won’t be easy. There would be times when he will be discouraged and annoyed by the Israelites but God had to train him to be tolerant and bear with them. James 1:3-4 “3Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”
2. You are trained to be more dependent and focused on God. (Exodus 2:15-22)
Moses always depended on the provisions of the king while he was at the palace, but now here he is in the wilderness where nobody knows him and he doesn’t know anyone either. But while he sat at the well, God works out his way and he brings along the daughter of Jethro the priest. God wanted to teach Moses to depend on Him so that He could use him. Some of us know our calling in life but we want to take it our own way. Lets surrender all to him who called us because he knows where, when and how he will use us. It is during the time when he (Moses) was alone in the wilderness with the flock when God came and spoke to Moses. Same case applies to us, when you are in isolation and all alone, that’s the best time to know God personally and seek his face.
3. God becomes the only companion. A close friend during the time of the wilderness university. You can never pass through the wilderness, depend on God alone and remain the same. This is the time you come to know God personally and unless you are not sensitive, then you remain the same.
Brethren, lets learn to allow God to have his way in our lives and mould us into the kind of servants he wants us to be. That’s the only way we can be effective in the call that God has called us into. Jeremiah 18:6.
Tuesday, 7th October