Theme For David Jeremiah Devotional January 12 2021 – Set Apart for a Purpose
And when forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to [Moses] in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai.
Recommended Reading: Galatians 1-2
Readers of the four Gospels, the accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry on earth, are familiar with the time He spent alone. It was apparently not unusual for Him to withdraw from the crowds, even from His own disciples, to spend time alone with the Father (Luke 5:16). The interesting thing is that this practice of isolation was not uncommon among those learning from and about God.
The apostle Paul is a good example. After his conversion to Christ, he immediately withdrew into the wilderness of Arabia before returning to Damascus (Galatians 1:17). In total, he ministered some fourteen years in relative obscurity before being embraced by the leaders of the Jerusalem church (Galatians 1:21–2:2). An even longer period of obscurity was endured by Moses—forty years as a shepherd in Midian before God called him to go back to Egypt to lead the Hebrews out of captivity.
Sometimes God sets us apart in order to prepare us for what is coming next. There is always a purpose in His plans.
The more any man loves Christ, the more he delights to be with Christ alone.