In our video, God pulls out his tools to begin the process. Tommy asks, “Hey! What are those?” God says, “these are the tools…” This is the process by which I make you look like my Son. In other words, you’re not going to take shape overnight. It doesn’t work that way.
This phrase does not originate with me, but I love to tell people, “The power is in the process.” Oh, how we wish that washboard abs, a trim figure, financial peace, or even building a church could happen overnight. Wouldn’t that be great? But, just like we didn’t gain weight overnight, go into a debt lifestyle overnight, or create a reputation overnight, the solutions will come the same way the problems were created. One exercise at a time. The power is in the process.
In Exodus, we find a man of great prominence, power, prestige, and position, living in the king’s palace by the name of Moses. It seemed he had everything he would need to lead God’s people out of their bondage. Yet, because of his sin, in chapter 3 verse 1 he is leading the flock of his father in law to the backside of the desert. He’s a lowly man, with a lowly job, in a lonely place, who God had already anointed for greatness. For 40 years, the man anointed was working and waiting to be the man appointed.
This scenario almost does not make sense, until we see the aerial view in Psalm 77:20, “Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” And all in a moment, 40 years of desert walking made sense. God was chiseling away at who Moses was so that Moses could see who God is.
For 40 years, Moses was practicing his shepherding skills in an obscure place on one of the most stupid animals so that he could lead some of the most obstinate people.
Friend, you may be in an obscure place in life right now. God has anointed you to do some amazing things for him, but the time of your appointment has not yet arrived. You’re looking around and wondering why God has you in the backside of the desert. Be encouraged that even in the backside of the desert, you may happen upon your “Horeb” the mountain of God.
God will work what you have learned during this desert season together for your good and His glory. You will encounter his presence in a surreal way. And He will motivate you with a mission that will impact the lives of more people than you ever imagned.
Keep doing those sit ups. Keep making the right meal choices. Keep spending wisely and saving appropriately. Keep sharing Christ. Keep studying God’s word. Keep praying. Keep walking.
Soon, you’ll look back and see that truly, the power is in the process.