Make no mistake, God’s promises are the most precious things in the world. But, there are times in life, when circumstance and fatigue drown out the beautiful melody. The noise becomes so deafening that we want to give up. Such was the life of Israel. Slavery had taken its toll. The people had been crying out for years and now the great deliverer arrived met with Pharaoh and, and, and their workloads and abuse simply increased. Not the happy ending they were looking for.
It is in those times when faith really matters. We all claim to trust God. But if the truth were known, when life is great or at least normal, we tend to take the Lord for granted. We may make our token appearances at the Christian events or even live life doing no harm—but, when things are comfortable, we all tend to be less dependent on God.
When things are tough, however, we have to trust him. It wears us out and it wears us down, but, in the end it allows us to see God’s greatness and power. It also allows us to hold on to this life loosely—preparing us for an eternity with him. Make no mistake, there is nothing enjoyable about having your faith stretched. It is great preparation for eternity but, it makes it difficult to continue to listen to God and to trust him. We have to remember that our faith defines us as his—not our circumstances. If we can live a life trusting him—he will protect, provide and prepare us for eternity. He will fill our lives and give us meaning and purpose—but, it will be a difficult journey. So no matter how tired we become, we must continue to listen—that is the kind of faith that matters.
God Bless You
22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” …
6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”
9 Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
10 Then the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.”