9. Trust God in the wilderness

Moses fled Egypt and went to live in Midian. The Lord looked after him and introduced him to the family of Jethro, the priest of Midian. Jethro was a good man and he and Moses got along very well. Moses later married his daughter, Zipporah and they had two sons. He named his second son Eliezer, which means 'The God of my fathers was my helper; He delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh'. This indicates that Moses was still a believer in God and thankful that he was saved out of Egypt. Now Moses worked for his father-in-law and tended to his sheep. Not for one year or two years, but for 40 years. A lifetime in our eyes! But God was not finished with Moses, He was simply training him for the momentous task He had for him.

Now to an Egyptian being a shepherd was the lowest of the lowest of occupations. And this was what Moses was now, a shepherd. It must have been a very humbling experience to Moses. I mean he was a famous prince in Egypt, whose every whim was catered for and now he had to do everything himself, doing something he was taught to despise. He must have been at the lowest point in his life.

For us knowing the whole story, it makes sense that God trained him here in the wilderness. He taught him everything about the wilderness where he would spend the next 40 years with the Israelites. God used the perfect training ground. And I personally think that God also tested Moses to see if he could be trusted with the small things, before God entrusted him with bigger things.

Of course Moses didn't know what lay ahead, he only knew what he could see. He was in the wilderness as a shepherd and that was the way his life will be until he died. There is no proof that he had any other revelation than that, in fact when God finally called him he made a lot of excuses trying to get out of it. But despite not knowing that his life was intended for greatness, he was faithful in what he did, we can know that he was, because God was pleased with him.

There are a number of other examples of great men in the Bible who God first humbled, before He exalted them to high positions of authority. For example God allowed Joseph to be thrown into jail for a couple of years before he was exalted to be second in charge in Egypt, God allowed David to be hunted down by King Saul and allowed him to hide away in a cave for a number of years before exalting him to the position of King of Israel, God sent Paul into Arabia for 3 years alone and then for several years to his hometown Tarsus before God exalted him as one of the greatest apostles that ever lived. There are many examples. The point is God sometimes allows a 'wilderness' period in our lives before He exalts us. It is a period where He prepares us for our task ahead and a period where He tests us to see if we will be faithful in the small things too.

Maybe you are frustrated that you are not receiving the promotion at work, while you know that God wants you at that firm. Maybe you are tired of being looked down upon whilst you feel God has called you to be a fulltime mother. Maybe you are being ridiculed by others because you stand firm in the promises God made to you. Maybe you want to give up on your studies because it is too hard, but you actually know that God wants you to study that. Maybe the business God told you to start is not kicking off as you would have hoped. Whatever the case may be, if you feel you are in a wilderness period, just hang on and be faithful to God. The time will come when God will exalt you into the position He dreamed for you since you were created. Just continue to trust and believe. Better days are in store, you just need to hang on. God is faithful and true, if He promised something/placed a dream in your heart, you can be sure that it will come to pass.

Lord, please help us through these wilderness periods in our lives. Our flesh are weak and want to give up, but thank you that we know our spirits are strong, because Your Holy Spirit is inside of us giving us the strength to move on. We love You and praise You. Amen


2 comments for “9. Trust God in the wilderness”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 22 June 2012 at 6:25:06 PM

    Wow, Ilze, thank you for sharing this with us. God's time is not our time, and we want everything NOW.He is preparing us, and we should be patient and wait for His calling.

  2. Gravatar of Madel FourieMadel Fourie
    Posted Monday, 25 June 2012 at 11:27:39 AM

    I feel like I am stuck in a wilderness right now and don't really know what the outcome will be. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

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