I would put forth this axiom: The more we are willing for God to prepare us, the more effective and fruitful we will be in His work in and through us, and the more He will be glorified by all we do.
Moses is a great example of the long years of preparation God put him through for the task of leading Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan. Take note of these steps:
- As an infant, Moses became the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and spent 40 years in Pharaoh’s court learning the ways of Egypt (Exodus 2:7-10).
- As Moses grew, he sought to defend his own people which brought the wrath of Pharaoh on Moses, seeking to kill him. Moses fled and spent 40 years in the land of Midian “keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro” (2:11-15; 3:1).
- This preparation led to God calling Moses; “I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt” (3:10). This was a 40 year commitment.
Obviously, every leader that God uses does not go through 80 years of preparation, but it does remind us how much He wants us to be willing to let God set the time-table on our preparation. Never under estimate how God wants to use you and be willing to let Him shape your life for His purpose to bring Him glory!