Forty years. A long time to wait. That’s how long Moses spent in preparation for the great mission God had in store for him.
A long time to wait but in the wait, God wasn’t inactive. During Moses’ time of herding his father-in-law’s sheep in Midian, God prepared him for his future role of leading God’s people through the wilderness to the Promised Land.
At just the right time, when Moses displayed characteristics of a man God could use, God called him.
Moses wasn’t the only person who spent years in preparation before stepping into the mighty work God had for them. Jesus spent thirty years before beginning his earthly ministry. Joseph and David spent decades in preparation before God said their time was right.
Perhaps we’re in a time of God’s preparation and really don’t like or understand it. We wonder what the hold-up is. We wonder why God delays. It’s been a long time to wait, and we wonder if God forgot about us. We thought we heard him correctly when he placed a dream on our heart, but now we aren’t sure.
So we wait.
And in the wait God prepares us. He gives us lessons to learn. Situations to overcome. Attitudes to adjust.
Hopefully, when God says it’s time to head into the role he created us, we’ll look back on the long time of wait and be grateful. Perhaps we’ll look back and realize without the lessons learned during our preparatory wait, we wouldn’t have the skills and abilities needed for the task ahead.
It is difficult walking through a long time of wait. However, at just the right time God will say, “Come now. It’s time to set out.” It won’t be one moment too early. Nor will it be one moment too late.
Any lessons you are learning or have learned during long times of wait?
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After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai…I have seen the cruel suffering of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groans, and I have come down to set them free. Come now; I will send you to Egypt. Acts 7:30, 34 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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