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

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.