Monday, October 13, 1997 5:15 a.m.
Have you ever felt like you’ve been put on the shelf and forgotten? You had a vision then all of a sudden it came to nothing and seemed to die. Well, you are not along. God put Moses on the shelf for forty years. In the beginning Moses was confident that he was chosen by God to deliver His people. However, he tried to do it his own way and in his own strength. Moses first had to learn God’s lessons and wait for God’s timing, so God sent him into the wilderness to feed sheep. After forty years, God appears to Moses and tells him to go and deliver His people. But this time Moses says, “Who am I, that I should go?” (Exodus 3:11). In the beginning Moses had self confidence, but after forty years he had no confidence in himself, only in God. Before God can bring to pass the vision He has given you, you first must learn His lessons and suffer in His wilderness. You must learn to rely on God’s strength, not your own. God is waiting for us to say, “Who am I, I’m nothing?” but “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). When we come to the place that we no longer depend on ourselves, then God can use us for His glory.
Thought for Today: If God has given you a vision and you are going through a time of discouragement, learn God’s lessons and wait upon His timing.