Growing up and hearing various messages on the children of Israel’s wilderness wanderings, I’ve always looked at it in a negative light. The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness because of their sin
and unbelief. The first generation fell in the wilderness and never saw the promised land, because they, in unbelief rebelled against the Lord. So I’ve always looked at the wilderness in a negative light. That is until the Lord opened my eyes to the truth about the wilderness experience. That it is in fact God who is the one who leads His people into wilderness experiences. The wilderness is God’s design for the molding and preparation of His servants.
In the book of Acts 7, we read Stephen’s account of the life of Moses. He tells us in v. 23 that Moses was 40 years old when he visited his Israelite people. He defended an Israelite that was being mistreated
by an Egyptian, by killing the Egyptian and hiding his body. We are told that Pharaoh found out about Moses’ deed and sought to slay him. Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh into the wilderness. He eventually found himself in the land of Midian where he lived in obscurity for 40 more years. There was a period of time that we do not know of between when Moses left Egypt and arrived in Midian. The journey from Egypt to the land of Midian is approximately 300 miles of desert country. We do not know how Moses got through that wilderness. He did not have the wealth of Egypt with him. He was alone. He basically wandered in the desert until he came to the land of Midian. In the land of Midian we are told Moses
married Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro the high priest of Midian. He lived with them and tended his father-in-law’s sheep in the wilderness.
Exo 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
That time of seclusion and wandering between Egypt and Midian was a time of breaking for Moses. Once Prince of Egypt now reduced to a wandering fugitive. He became humbled during this time. This was evident in the fact that once a prince, he now tended sheep. This time of being a shepherd in seclusion (the backside of the desert) was preparation for Moses. For Moses would one day shepherd God’s people through the wilderness. When Moses had been prepared and God was ready, God visited Moses and took him to bring Israel out of bondage.
An excerpt from “The God of The Wilderness. A Testimony” by Everard J. & Dixie-Ann Archer McBain.
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