In Part 1, we spoke about how God instructed Abraham to leave his father’s house and his own country, and to go to a land that he didn’t know. In other words, God was essentially telling Abraham to get out of his nest. And God did this because Abraham could not accomplish God’s will for his life by staying in that place, in his comfort zone. It was only when Abraham left his country and his father’s house that God blessed him and began to fulfil the promise that he would become the father of many nations. In this week’s post, we will look at the story of Moses and see how Moses was also required of God to get out of his nest before his true purpose for leadership could be realized.
God Met Moses in the Dessert, Not In Pharoah’s Palace
Remember the story of how God met Moses and spoke to him through a burning bush? The story is told in Exodus 3: 1 – 10.
“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. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God. The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I am come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey – the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Notice that when God called Moses, he was busy getting on with his life, tending his fatherin law’s sheep. However, God had other plans for him. He had bigger plans for him that would require that he leave the sheeps and go to Egypt to rescue the Israelites on God’s behalf.
This must have been a very frightening mandate for Moses since he had previously had to flee from Egypt after one of the Egyptians had witnessed him killing a fellow Egyptian. Moses had run for his life and had returned to his father’s house to seek coverage.
Raised in Egypt But Destined to Lead Israel
As a baby, God had so orchestrated his life, that Moses was raised in Egypt in the house of Pharoah, by Pharoah’s daughter. He was not raised by his own mother. While Moses grew up in Pharoah’s house, he learned all the ways of the Egyptians even though he was a Hebrew. Little did he know that God was using this experience as a training ground to prepare him for the task of leading the Israelites out of Egypt.
But why couldn’t God have met and blessed Moses while he was still living in Pharoah’s house? Why wasn’t it until after Moses left Egypt that God called him and gave him the mandate of leadership over Israel? There are two main reasons why God could not bless Moses in Pharoah’s house:
- God needed to get Moses’ full attention and He could only do this outside of Egypt
- Moses needed to have gone through the dessert to learn the lay of the land in order to successfully lead the Israelites through.
Similarly, many times God cannot get our full attention when we are in our comfort zones. He sometimes needs to take us through the wilderness in order to capture our attention. It was only while Moses was in hiding from the Egyptians that God chose to call him and to appoint him as leader over the Israelites. Now that he was out of his comfort zone, God could speak to him and use him to fulfil his purpose.
Even though Moses had a promising future in Egypt, his destiny was not in Egypt. His destiny was to become a great leader over his own people, the Israelites. No matter how promising our lives may look in a certain place, if it is not a part of God’s plan for us to continue there, sometimes God will cause us to leave that place and to go through the dessert. Whatever method God chooses, He knows how to take us to our place of destiny. God knows how to prepare us, and he knows when we are ready to do His bidding. Sadly, many times we are not ready to do God’s bidding until we find ourselves in some ticklish situations.
Just like God only chose to bless Abraham and to bless Moses outside of their father’s house, God may want to bless you too. But He can’t or won’t do it while you remain in your father’s house or in your comfort zone. You need to get out of your nest and allow God to use you to fulfil His purpose in your life.