by Donald Cantrell

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Broken Prior to the Burning Bush (1 of 4)
Series: Burning Bush
Donald Cantrell
Exodus 2:11-15, 23-25, Exodus 3:1

Theme: ‘‘God would make Moses into someone usable’’

If you look online you will find a book with this title ‘‘Character Makeover: 40 Days with a Life Coach to Create the Best You’’, authored by Katherine Brazelton and Shelley Leith. The book takes you on a deeply personal forty-day journey of developing your character. Discover how to close the gap between understanding God’s purpose for your life and carrying it out as you put an end to well-worn patterns of defeat, woundedness, insecurity, unworthiness, and self-centeredness.

Brazelton focuses on eight character traits essential to living a purpose-filled life: humility, confidence, courage, self-control, patience, contentment, generosity, and perseverance. God took Moses to Midian and onward to the backside of the desert to give him a makeover. He would learn in God’s classical classroom and the things he learned there would help him become the leader of a nation.

Upon dwelling in the Land of Midian for forty years and plodding through the backside of the desert Moses would become a much different man. I think God needed Moses to commune with him and to learn of him. The desert training that Moses received was beyond value. He would receive free survival training and an entire nation of Jews would have to trust in his every move and every decision. God was going to place more upon Moses than most likely any other man in the bible. His task was daunting and disturbing, but God would train him in his classroom.


In discussing famous failures in the bible, we have previously looked at the failures of Adam and Eve, Lot, and Terah, the father of Abraham. Then we discussed the failure of Moses and his slaying of an Egyptian and his hasty flight to the Land of Midian. Moses was facing many issues in his life; he had to be stressed out.

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