“And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, ‘I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.’” (Exodus 2:21-22)
Moses is a well-known figure in the Old Testament. God appointed him to lead the Israelites out of “the land of slavery”, Egypt, and into the promised land of Canaan. In other words, he was the man who brought the Israelites home after centuries of exile. But before Moses was ready for this task, he spent 40 years as “a sojourner in a foreign land” himself. Being born as an Israelite baby and raised as an Egyptian prince, he lived in the land of Midian and kept the flock of his father-in-law.
God used these 40 years in a foreign land to mold Moses’ character to become “more humble than any other man on earth” (Numbers 12:3, ERV). In Egypt, he had received excellent education. But in Midian, he learned to survive in the desert and to lead a flock of stubborn sheep — which was a good preparation for leading a stiff-necked people through the same desert for years.
Sometimes God sends his servants into the wilderness or into another country for some time, to prepare them for their task.
Which circumstances in your life were used by God to train and mold you?