SEASONS OF OBSCURITY

There will be seasons of obscurity in your life. I want you to have a proper perspective about this very important period because it is inevitable. From the bible, we have an account of the birth of Jesus, his adventure in the temple at age 12, and the beginning of his ministry at 30. What happened between ages 12 and 30? The bible makes us understand in Luke 2:52,’And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.’ Jesus developed physically, spiritually and developed inter-personal relationship with people. Without these developments during that crucial phase in his life, he would not have been able to handle his three and a half years ministry.

Jesus didn’t choose to be known, neither did he try to move ahead of his time because he understood perfectly there is an appointed time for everything under the sun. God has to prepare you before he can use you; moreover, he wants to impart the grace needed to excel in your profession/assignment; that’s why he told his disciples to tarry till they were endued with power from on high. They were instructed not to start work until they got power. I want you to understand something, empowerment is in phases and degrees- God knew Jesus was vulnerable as a baby, hence Joseph was instructed to seek refuge in Egypt. Make no mistake about it; Jesus could have been killed if precautions were not taken because he came as a man despite the supernatural birth.

Jesus was protected by God when he couldn’t fight for himself, similarly, God wants to protect and empower you. Therefore, he’ll not put you on the radar at a particular phase in your life. Don’t try to be known, long to know Jesus and invest in your life- get some books, pray and fast, learn a new skill or trade.

Another example comes from the life of Moses; it can be divided into 3 phases- the first 40 years represents his birth, service as a general in the army ,and the assassination of the Egyptian which led to his exile. The second 40 years depicts service under Jethro, his father in law and priest of midian; while the final 40 years of his life represents his life as a prophet and deliverer. The second phase is the obscured phase, little is mentioned of those 40 years but that is actually the most important phase in his life. Albeit, Moses was in line to be pharaoh, he lacked character, thus he resorted to assassination when there was a challenge. God knew for him to be useful he had to go through another phase, hence 40 years of service as a shepherd under Jethro. The experience was in total contrast with the affluence in the court of Pharaoh but God takes us through diverse experiences to mould us.

After the 40 years as a shepherd, Moses was declared as the meekest man on planet earth. What a transformation! God can re-write your story and turn your scars to stars.

A final example, David was a teenager when he killed Goliath, a warrior amongst warriors: when David got to the battleground, Saul told him, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David replied, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear.” So you can see clearly David was already tested but we wouldn’t have known about his exploits if he didn’t make mention of it at the battlefront because, the bible makes no mention of it. Where are you going kunle? God predestined David to kill Goliath, but he arranged a practice session for him by bringing bears and lions to trespass.

I am sure David’s folks didn’t know about his exploits because had they known, he would have been held in high esteem by his father when Prophet Samuel came to anoint one of his sons as king. The father didn’t regard him as one worthy to be king, he was considered inconsequential. Furthermore, when David got to the battleground, his brother didn’t consider him worthy to be there- take into cognizance, Jesse, his father sent him to take food to the battleground for his brothers.
Definately, they couldn’t have known he killed a lion and a bear; otherwise he should have been there as well to fight. I am not surprised though and I will tell you why. David was an upright man who trained himself in the art of hearing from God (evidences abound in the bible of his interactions with God).

It is highly possible, David was instructed by God not to disclose it. Jesus Christ did same several times; there were scenarios, he told people not to disclose what he did; he told his disciples not to reveal he was the Christ. Back to David, why would God tell him not to disclose it, I believe it was to protect him because, if you analyze the statement made by his brother at the battleground carefully. You’ll realize it was filled with rage, “When Eliab, his oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he grew angry with David and said: “Why did you come down? With whom have you left those sheep in the wilderness? I know your arrogance and dishonest heart.”

I have no doubt if David’s brothers knew of his exploits, they would have given him the Joseph treatment; he would have been killed or sold like Joseph. God will protect you when you’re vulnerable and he will tell you to fight after empowerment. Shalom