“But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his countrymen, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended and took vengeance for the oppressed man by fatally striking the Egyptian. And he thought that his brothers understood that God was granting them deliverance through him; but they did not understand. And on the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting each other, and he tried to reconcile them to peace, by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers, why are you injuring each other?’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? You do not intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ At this remark, Moses fled and became a stranger in the land of Midian, where he fathered two sons.”
Acts 7:23-29 NASB⠀
In October 2020, I released a word of prophetic encouragement about trusting ourselves with what God has placed within us. At the end of 2020, the Lord had me reading the book of Acts again. As I was reading Acts 7, I was struck by Moses 40-year sojourn in Midian. The word I released, “Do You Trust Yourself?”, looked at the story of Gideon who ultimately defeated the Midianites with 300 men. The Lord revealed to me that Midian means “judgement and habit”. I have discerned a global Midianite attack against the Body of Christ of false judgement, condemnation and falling into ‘old habits.’ It has been fashioned with the purpose of undermining our confidence in Him and His plans and purposes for our lives.
Just like Gideon, Moses fell into this wandering place of condemnation and false judgement. Why? He had got ahead of the plan of God and allowed the accusing voice of the enemy to discourage him out of his destiny. He wandered for 40 years. I sense the Lord wants to spare us this wilderness season if we simply bring our burdens to Him and shake off condemnation and false judgement. We can have confidence in His call on our lives. He doesn’t make mistakes. We are exactly who He says we are regardless of how we feel. (Think of Gideon being called a “mighty man of valour” when he was hiding in a winepress in Judges 6).
“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
Judges 6:12 NKJV
We must not let the enemy dredge up the past. It is under the blood of Jesus. God has already forgotten it. We should too. We need to forgive ourselves and quit being an alien in Midian. We do not belong there.
The redemptive strategy to overcome this Midianite assignment is found in “turning aside for the encounter”.
“And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Exodus 3:3-4 ESV
Just as Moses took time to “turn aside” and see what God had to say, He encountered the Lord powerfully. He was shifted into the place of destiny. The Lord wants to move us into our place of destiny if we but take the time to “turn aside and encounter” Him. Encounter Him amid the chaos and the cacophony of voices. Be still and we will see His redemption, salvation and purpose unfold. He is waiting in the secret place.
The number 40 is also significant. The time of testing and probation is over. It is time to step into our destiny and take dominion of what the Lord has personally assigned to each and every one of us. It is time to rule and reign.