Exodus 3:1 Preparation Time

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.” Exodus 3:1

When Moses was born, Pharaoh was working on killing all of the new-born baby boys. His mother hide him in a basket on the water. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the baby and kept him. She raised him up as her own child and gave him the name of Moses. He was raised as royalty in the palace.

Later when he tried to stop the cruelty to the Israelites, he got into trouble and had to flee. He left the area and went into the wilderness of Midian. There he met up with Jethro and married one of his daughters. He stayed there working as a shepherd. Moses had went from being in Pharaoh’s palace to being a low shepherd in the wilderness.

It would have been easy for Moses to complain about having to leave the “good” life. He had been a leader on the way to the throne, but cast it aside because of the wrongs being done. God had him go into the wilderness and work a tough job.

In life, God may sometimes pull you out of a “good” spot in life and place you in a rough spot. There is a reason for it. Being in that location can be a time of training and preparation for something much bigger and better.

At the time Moses was leading the sheep, he did not know there would be a day when he would be leading a million people through the wilderness for forty years.

Being in the wilderness prepared Moses to rely on God and to do hard work. The wilderness you may be going through can also prepare you to rely and trust on God alone, and to do the hard work that may be coming.

Only God knows what is next for you. Are you doing all that you can with where you are at?

Or do you complain and strive to get back to the “good” life?

Allow God to prepare you for the next journey.

I pray today that God will reveal what He has for you; that God will strengthen you to do the work He has for you; that you will be content with where God has you; and that God will prepare you for a greater journey.


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