BSDD–Back Side of Desert Degree
Scripture reading for January 19: Exodus 3-6
Moses was picked by God to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. At his birth, the Hebrew midwives spared his life because they feared God and hid him. God showed his parents a plan to save Moses’ life. He was placed in a basket and released in the Nile river. Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing just downstream, and she “found” Moses, named him and paid his own mother and sister to raise him. He was raised in Egyptian royalty and schooled in their culture. When he was forty years old, he tried to deliver one of his brothers who was being mistreated. He fled to the back side of the desert and spent forty years there learning to care for his father-in-law’s sheep. There, he earned his degree in humility.
Exodus 4:10-12 “But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to Your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?” Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.””
Moses went from a prince in Pharaoh’s household to a fugitive wanted for murder in a story as bizarre as Joseph’s in Genesis! When God appeared to Moses at the burning bush in the desert 40 years later, Moses was called to take off his shoes and then go and deliver God’s people from slavery in Egypt. Moses wisely took off his shoes but made excuses to God about going. God met Moses and answered each excuse. Moses, after 40 years in the desert university, had learned a valuable lesson: he can do nothing on his own. You might say that Moses graduated with his BSDD in humility!
Are you in the School of the Desert? What character trait do you think God is working into your life? If you are a graduate of one of God’s degree programs, how has your life changed?
Numbers 12:3 “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.”