In Exodus 2 we read Moses grows up and then is deeply disturbed by the actions around him. He sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew and it moves Moses to kill him (the Egyptian). The word gets out and Pharaoh tries to kill Moses. Out of fear Moses flees to Midian. What happens next is not SUPER present in our memory… Moses gets married and sets up a life in Midian. He doesn’t go to the desert and hear from God that day, the next day, or even a week later. Scripture says “during that long period.” Acts 7:23 says that Moses was 40 when he fled Egypt, and Exodus 7 says that Moses was 80 when he returned… 40 years. 40 years it took for 1)God to respond to the cries of Israel 2)God to start radically using Moses and 3)Moses to finally let go of his fear that the Egyptians were going to kill him.
This is the narrative all through Scripture. Christ didn’t start His ministry until He was in His 30’s, Paul took 14 years before he started his missionary journeys and did a significant ministry, the disciples were grown men before they were shown the truth of Scripture.
Too often we grow weary or anxious in our lives waiting for God to do something “great” with us. Yet Scripture shows us over and over that God takes longer periods so that He can mature the subject into fully trusting Him. Let’s not allow the enemy to make us think that because God isn’t doing something great with us NOW He isn’t going to use us. A soldier goes through training and preparation before he is given any responsibility and then further training before he is launched over seas into war. God is a God of insight, planning, and proper execution of said plans. Let us stop imposing our American “instant” mentality into God’s plan. Instead let us enjoy the preparation and see what He is having us do DURING the preparation.
Though God takes time to prepare us for major steps in our ministry we should NEVER think God is sitting us in a sterilized incubator. Jesus called the disciples and from day one, under supervision, they were ministering. Their greatest story didn’t unfold until after they closely observed the Lord in His ministry, but they were at work none the less. We are called to be prepared for greater things, be patient in that preparation, but simultaneously looking for opportunities during that preparation.
Don’t worry if it looks like it is taking a while to get where God is taking you. God is in the long game. Don’t get caught up in the ‘next things’ though and lose the value and precious moments He is investing in you now. We often say that if we could go back to our childhood we would cherish those moments. Here you are in your spiritual childhood, embrace these moments. 🙂
Spend 1 minute giving God thanks for spending time to grow you. HEY YOU don’t skip this… After your minute of prayer, spend 2-3 moments praying for God to help you be patient in your preparation and also be attentive to opportunity.
Many of us know people who are weary, growing weary, or already ‘fed-up.’ Encourage them with these words! When you see someone who is tired or discouraged because of the time it is taking, let them know how God works 😀