Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of the Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. (Exodus 3:1)
How good are you with caring for other people’s belongings? That’s a weird question right? Some of us would reply that I’m not so good at taking care of my own things, much less someone else’s!. Others may claim that they take better care of other people’s belongings better than their own, while for the rest you take care of it as your own. Some of you might be thinking Aqua what’s the point of this question? I seriously doubt if anyone has ever asked me to care for something of importance. Not true If your like me and you work for an employer, That employer entrusts you to care for their business as if it were your own. Have you ever watched someone else’s child? That’s a big one, most parents wouldn’t leave their children with someone in whom they did not have confidence in. My point in this is that God will use that which we pay no attention to, that everyday mundane task that we do a thousand times a year. He would use that thing to prepare us for our purpose. Let’s take a look at Moses.
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian.
Most of us if not all of us know who Moses was. He’s the one that God used to deliver the Israelites out of slavery from the Egyptians ( for those who may be new converts who may not know, never assume everyone is as familiar with the bible as you are!). Before he became the great Moses leader of the people, he was just Moses leader of his father in laws flock! It was a period of forty years from the time that Moses ran from Pharaoh to the moment that were at now. It was during this time that Moses learned how to lead a flock. Of sheep that is! You may be thinking big deal so he spent his life herding sheep. It was also in this time that God was preparing Moses for his calling. That thing that you’ve been doing forever is that thing that God is using to prepare you for your purpose. In order for Moses to be qualified to lead the Israelites out of slavery he first had to learn how to lead. Don’t knock the fact that it was sheep that God used to train Moses. Let’s look at the job of a shepherd. Their primary job is for the welfare and safety of the flock. That includes protecting them from predators such as wolves and coyotes, any time a sheep was in danger it was the shepherds job to protect his sheep from the hands of the enemy. A shepherd cares for the health of its flock any time one of his sheep is sick it’s the shepherds job to nurse it back to health. Another part of a shepherds responsibility is the shearing of the sheep, making sure that they have a clean-cut appearance. The main most important job of a shepherd is to lead his flock to greener pastures. I want for you to pay attention to this. The verse says that Moses kept the flock of Jethro. The name Jethro means Preeminence, excellent, abundance and overflowing. So, we can see here that Moses was caring for the sheep of one who was more excellent than he. One who could provide in an overflow of abundance. I want for you to get this, it was in how well that Moses was able to care for his father in law sheep that God was able to trust Moses to care for his sheep. If Moses would have never learned to lead Jethro’s flock he would have never been qualified to lead God’s flock.
and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
The verse also says that Moses led the flock to the backside of the desert. Desert in the bible represents a dry place. It’s a place of barrenness. Remember I mentioned earlier that the job of a shepherd was to lead its flock to greener pastures, but he had to lead the flock through the desert (backside) in order to get them to Horeb, which is the mountain of God. Sometimes God will lead us through the backside of the desert to get us to his mountain. What is that thing in your life that you’ve been doing for so long that it has become mundane. It may very well be that thing that God is using to get you ready for your purpose. If you can run a household, make sure that your family is fed, clothes on their back, nurture them in sickness and put their needs before your own. If you can do that God may be preparing you for your own ministry or small business. What about those of you who fed every child in the neighborhood because you can’t stand to see someone go hungry. Have you ever stopped to consider that God may be preparing you open a Missions to help feed the poor. I’m sure that Moses never imagined that all those years that he was leading Jethro’s flock that God was preparing him for his calling. For him he was just doing his job never knowing that it would lead to something greater.
Another man who God used greatly who was also a shepherd was King David. God took him from a shepherd to a king, but that’s for a different bible lesson. God can take that thing as unglamorous as it is and give you a purpose out of it. Being a shepherd was one of the most lowliest jobs that one could have. It was the most unlikeliest places where God would raise up a leader or a king. It’s not where you start off it’s your ability to remain faithful in where you are. The scripture says in Matthew 25 that if we are to be faithful over a few things, God will make you ruler over many things. If we can be faithful over the littlest things in our lives, God promises to increase us and expand our territory.
Exodus 3 is a very popular chapter in the bible. It’s the chapter with God appearing to Moses in the form of a burning bush. Many teachers would have chosen to teach on that, but I wanted to concentrate on the moment before the calling. So many times we become so focused on what our purpose is that we ignore the process that leads to our purpose. Let’s not be so quick to look for our burning bush that we miss God preparing us for our purpose. Don’t worry when it’s time for it to be revealed God will not allow you to miss it. Like the bush that was burning but was not consumed your purpose will call out to you.
Remember that you are prepared for a purpose!