The Wilderness School
Acts 7:20-25 KJV
20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months: 21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. 23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
In the article “Called or Commissioned?”, we talked about Matthew 22:14, and it says that many are called and few are chosen. We saw that there is a big difference between being called by God and being commissioned by God.
We saw that we receive a calling when we receive a gift from God, but our commissioning comes only after we pass a long process of training and spiritual maturing, where we need to face some tests and be approved them on.
The big question why few are chosen (or commissioned) is that few are willing to submit the long process of training required by God between the calling and the commissioning.
This training time, often is represented in the Bible by a wilderness time. This is clear for example in the life of Moses. In Acts 7:20-25 we can see that Moses knew what was his calling, because we read the following in verse 25: “For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them…”. This shows us that Moses already knew that he had a calling to be a deliverer of Israel.
However Moses had not understood that despite his calling, he had not been commissioned yet until that time. He tried to fulfill his calling in his own strength. Literally he tried to fulfill it through his arm of flesh, killing an Egyptian.
So God took him to a place in Spirit where men and women who want to be commissioned by Him are forged: The School of Wilderness. Moses ran from pharaoh to the land of Midian, and he stood there for 40 years (Acts 7:29, 30).
The number 40 in the Bible represents a time of preparation, in which we are put under a training and testing time, and after the end of this testing time (after the approval in it), we will be commissioned by God.
Moses submitted himself to that training time of 40 years in the wilderness. And what was the final result of that time of wilderness? The answer is found in Exodus 3:
Exodus 3:1-4 KJV
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. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
The final result of that 40 year time span in which Moses was submitted was that God commissioned him to fulfill his calling to deliver the people of Israel from bondage. Note that despite the fact Moses knew for a long time he had a calling, God only commissioned him to fulfill his calling after he graduated in the School of Wilderness.
Today the School of Wilderness is not a physical place, but a spiritual one. And the reason why so few Christians are commissioned (or chosen) to fulfiil their callings is because many never enrolled and many never graduated in the School of Wilderness. This is the only way to a believer to be released to his/her destiny.
P.S. (Important): If you want to dig into the subject of this article, we recommend reading our book Answering the Call – Knowing and Fulfilling God’s Plan, where we analyze four biblical characters from the same family (Abram, his brothers Nahor and Haran, and his father Terah), and their different kinds of response to the call of God. Further details on our website at the address below:
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