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Moses: BSDD (Back side of the desert degree)

Scripture reading for January 20: Exodus 3-6

One of my brothers is a law professor.  He went to over nine years of college and  post-graduate study for his degree.  My other brother is a surgeon and he needed eleven more years of study for his degree.   God’s ‘graduate school’ sometimes takes 40 years to get the degree!

Moses was picked by God to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.   First, the Hebrew midwives spared his life; they feared God and hid him.  Then 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.  She “found” Moses, named him and paid his own mother and sister to raise him.

Moses grew up in Pharaoh’s household but at 40 years of age, he tried to protect his  Israelite brothers by killing an Egyptian who was mistreating them.  By running away,  he went from a prince in Pharaoh’s household to a fugitive wanted for murder in a story as bizarre as Joseph’s in Genesis.  Sometimes we think we know God’s plan and we end up in the back side of the desert.   “Where is God now?” we ask. We get involved in life again where we find ourselves, but wonder what went wrong.

God’s delays and detours are for His purposes and our preparation.  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 about  going.  God met Moses and answered each excuse  and he agreed to go.   You might say that Moses graduated with his BSDD!  (Back side of the desert degree!)

Are you in the ‘School of the Desert’?  Are you open to learn humility and brokenness?  What area of your life needs the most help right now?  Submit it to the Lord and wait patiently on Him.  He will help you pass the course!  He’s preparing you for your assignment too.

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1st Peter 5:5-7

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