The Vital Lesson of Obscurity

It is ever God’s way to prepare His servants in secret for the work they are afterwards to accomplish in public. All of the following of God’s servants attest to this fact:

1. Moses at the backside of the desert: "Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons." (Acts 7:29)

2. Gideon on the threshing-floor: "Behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said." (Judges 6:37)

3. David with his few sheep out upon the hillside: "Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep." (1 Sam. 16:19)

4. Daniel refusing to be defiled with the king’s meat: "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank....." (Dan. 1:8)

5. Amos herding the cattle in the wilderness of Tekoa: "The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa......" (Amos 1:1)

6. John the Baptist in the desert: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea." (Matt. 3:1)

7. Simon Peter in his fishing boat: "Now as He walked by the sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen." (Mark 1:16)

8. Paul in Arabia: "Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia......" (Galatians 1:17)

It is important to observe that only he who has thus learned of God in the school of obscurity is likely to shine in the blaze of publicity.