Introduction- At the age of 39, Moses was a man of power, prestige, education, wealth, and a career of unbelievable potential. He was worldly successful. At the age of 40, God called Moses to go back to school. He already had an Egyptian Bachelor of Arts, a Masters Degree, and a PhD as well. Moses lacked an MCA – a Masters in Character Acquisition. It is not an easy degree. People do not sign up for it; events lead to it. Events such as bankruptcy, divorce, moral failure, drug abuse, and major setbacks. It is a tough program consisting of four courses plus God’s electives that He selects. It took 40 years for Moses to graduate. Moses lived to be 120 years old. For his first 40 years he was an unqualified success, for the next 40 years he was an undisputed failure, and for his last 40 years he was fit for the Master’s use. After Moses was a worldly success, God enrolled him for a 40 year course at the University of Midian in the desert. The four courses he took were 1)Unemployment 101, 2)Advanced Obscurity, 3)Remedial Waiting, and 4)Intermediate Loneliness.
Course #1 – Unemployment 101 Moses was a scholar, statesman and a soldier. With these credentials, jobs come looking for you. Moses was a success. He had a Nile beachfront summer home. He was financially well off and living on cruise control. Sudden unemployment had to be a shock to the Golden Boy. He was stunned, hurt, wounded, embarrassed and humiliated. Unemployment 101 is a tough course to take, and attacks a man’s self worth. One has no idea how long this course is going to last. In most courses, you know when the midterm and final exams are coming….and then the class will be over. In Unemployment 101, the professor does not hand out a syllabus signifying the date of the class and the specific teachings. And that is the source of your suffering. How long is this trial going to last? Here is the good news about Unemployment 101. This challenging course will cause you to suffer, but it is the suffering that qualifies you for the ministry. You may think, “I am not in full time ministry!” But if you know Jesus Christ, then you are in the ministry…and it is the suffering that will equip you for the unique task that God has set aside specifically for you. He has not shelved you. He is simply retooling, and you are the tool.