EXODUS 2:10 “When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” (NIV)
EXODUS 2:15 “When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.” (NIV)
The life of Moses was that of an extraordinary man, though he was neither born extraordinary nor was he extraordinary from the beginning. His story is that of an ordinary fearful man who went on to become an extraordinary great leader.
There were few experiences which Moses went through that propelled him to an extraordinary stature. One of that was a balanced palace and wilderness experiences. Moses spent 40 yrs in the palace experiencing the best of life and another 40 yrs in the wilderness experiencing the rough weathers of life. One experience was not greater than the other; he had an equal of both.
We as God’s children are not called to life a mediocre life, we are to live extraordinary lives and that needs a balanced palace (good times) and wilderness (times of trials) experiences. Some today just focus on the palace experience, just the palace experience will fail us just the way it failed Moses when he first tried to become a saviour to the Israelites, he ended up becoming a murderer and fugitive. Some on the other hand only preach about the wilderness experience comparing Christian life only to wilderness experience but forget to realise that the wilderness is a dry and scorched land and we Christians are not called to live a dry life but a fruitful one. We fail to realise that we are not called to the wilderness but to the Promised Land! The wilderness experiences should and has to lead us to the Promised Land i.e to the fulfilment of every single promise that God has made to us.
Today let me remind you that both palace and wilderness experiences are equally important and don’t ever choose one over the other. Also remember our life doesn’t end with wilderness experiences but it ends with the fulfilments of God’s promises for us.