November 4, 2022

Discipline Before Deliverance

Written by Boyd Bailey

The discipline of humility is learned in wilderness experiences where pride is exposed and a heart is made tender to love.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 4, 2022

So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Exodus 3:10-11

There is a discipline that is required before you can experience God’s deliverance. The discipline of patience is a prayer that is necessary to learn to wait on the Lord and not be in a hurry to have what you are not ready to handle. Patience in relationships. Patience in a work promotion. Patience in your finances. The discipline of patience delivers you from anger to love. The discipline of generosity is a prerequisite to becoming trustworthy with God’s blessings. The Lord entrusts more to someone who sees herself as a faithful steward of the Lord’s resources. Time, money, relationships, influence and life experiences are all resources used to systematically be invested in the Kingdom of God. The discipline of generous living delivers you from greed.

The Lord sent Moses to the desert for 40 years to learn discipline, so he would be prepared to lead the people to experience God’s deliverance. Oswald Chambers gives keen insight into God’s plan for the life and leadership of Moses, “In the beginning Moses had realized that he was the one to deliver the people, but he had to be trained and disciplined by God first. He was right in his individual perspective, but he was not the person for the work until he had learned true fellowship and oneness with God.” More than anything, Moses grew a heart of humility. Instead of demanding to be in charge—40 years later his humility questions if he is the one. The discipline of humility is learned in wilderness experiences where pride is exposed and a heart is made tender to love. Later is longer, but the long road of humility makes one ready for deliverance.

“Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).

You may be in a wilderness. Relationally, physically, emotionally, financially, vocationally or spiritually—in one or all of these areas you may be wandering…wondering what God is up to in your life. If so, keep seeking the Lord to learn new disciplines that grow you as a faithful follower of Jesus. Humility and love are foundational to a vibrant faith. Like Jesus, give up yourself to selflessly serve others for no other reason than love. Love is the most Christ-like attribute. Love elevates everyone into the presence of perfect love where the Holy Spirit does His best work. Comforting, convicting and teaching you who you need to be and what you need to do. Instead of longing to be delivered from your wilderness, go deeper in the discipline of humility and love. Then in God’s best timing you will be ready to lead yourself and others out of the wilderness.

Wilderness experiences can wear you down, causing fatigue, but Jesus refreshes and restores. Wandering around with no progress in sight can be confusing in its perceived contradictions. You seem to be making the best decisions with your limited knowledge and experience. But you may ask, “Where is the Lord in the silence.” Oswald Chambers relates silence from God to intimacy with Him, “A wonderful thing about God’s silence is that His stillness is contagious— it gets into you, causing you to become perfectly confident so that you can honestly say, “I know that God has heard me.” His silence is the very proof that He has…If Jesus Christ is bringing you into the understanding that prayer is for the glorifying of His Father, then He will give you the first sign of His intimacy— silence.” Silence is the Lord’s love language growing you from the beauty of discipline to the glory of deliverance. Be disciplined today to be trusted with deliverance tomorrow.


Heavenly Father, give me patience to learn from You the disciplines of humility and love, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.


What lesson is the Lord wanting me to learn in my current wilderness experience?

Related Reading

Deuteronomy 4:36; Job 5:17; Matthew 11:29; Hebrews 12:11

Worship Resource

Tasha Cobbs: Gracefully Broken


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