Course #2 – Advanced Obscurity Moses went from the penthouse to the outhouse. A somebody to a nobody. Moses was overconfident. The remedy for overconfidence – obscurity. Midian is a barren area without restaurants, servants and chariots. It is a great place to learn obscurity. In 40 years of obscurity, solitude and quietness, God rebuilt Moses from the inside out. Illustrations- Elijah had his Tishbia and Beersheba, Jesus had His wilderness, and Paul had his Arabia. God still enrolls folks in Advanced Obscurity. As we frantically pursue the American Dream, we do not have time for this. That is why God steps in and changes our circumstances. Obscurity is tough, especially when you are in a hurry to climb the corporate ladder. But God wants you to climb the CHARACTER ladder. TRIALS build character. Perhaps it is an obscure job going nowhere; maybe it is an illness that knocked you down and took you from your routine. It is here, that God works on us. But we often do not understand what God is doing, and that leads to our next course:
Course #3 – Remedial Waiting Moses was nearly 40, and in a hurry to get with the program. Peter Marshall states: “We are in such a hurry that we hate to miss one panel of a revolving door.” You and I are in a hurry, and God is not. God does not fax character to us overnight. It takes a lot of time to build character. Can you believe God took 40 years to build character into the life of Moses? Most of us want character in 40 minutes. Moses was in a hurry to deliver his suffering countrymen, but he overlooked one thing – Character development comes before ministry. Perhaps you are waiting – for a promotion, to conceive a child, waiting for a business to turn around, waiting for employment, for a house to sell, etc., etc. We are right on His schedule. He is working on your character, molding it as He sees the need.