Moses’ First Forty Years in the Desert

“But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian . . . Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah, his daughter, to Moses.” Exodus 2:15, 21

How did God prepare Moses to be His man to lead the Hebrews out of Egyptian bondage? He prepared him not in a day, but over time; not through an event, but with a process. God also led others through a lengthy leadership development process.

Noah – waited 120 years before the predicted rains arrived.
Abraham – waited 25 years for a promised son.
Joseph – waited 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
Job – waited perhaps a lifetime, 60-70 years, for God’s justice.

God prepares leaders in a slow-cooker, not in a microwave oven. More important than the awaited goal is the work God does in us while we wait. Waiting deepens and matures us, levels our perspective, and broadens our understanding. Tests of time determine whether we can endure seasons of seemingly unfruitful preparations, and indicate whether we can recognize and seize the opportunities that come our way.

Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible

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