“Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. When he feels the force of my strong hand, he will let the people go. In fact, he will force them to leave his land!” (Exodus 6:1)
Have you ever looked at your life and wondered why things happen to you? Have you felt mistreated or taken advantage of? Or felt like a failure because you couldn’t do anything right? Have you had the thought that God couldn’t love you and allow you to go through what you’re going through?
It is okay. It happens. If I had to answer these questions I would probably say “yes” to all of them. As long as you live you are going to experience the hand life deals. That hand can be good or bad.
We would love to have more good things than bad happen in our lives, wouldn’t we? What is it about these things we face? Where do they all lead? We wish our lives could be happy go lucky all the time, don’t we? It is unfortunate but it can’t.
Our struggles are not new, if we look back in biblical history, Exodus, chapter 5, we see a people enslaved (the Israelites). They once had great favor and now they are slaves with hard task masters over them. Their jobs have been made harder because the deliverer Moses and Aaron have appeared with their “let my people go message” to Pharaoh, the king.
Their slave masters, the Egyptians, at the direction of Pharaoh are forcing their own people to push for higher quotas on brick making. Not only that, where they had given them straw before, now they had to find their own before they could do their job of making bricks.
Even the foremen were whipped to force more and more labor from the people. No amount of pleading moved the king’s heart. The Israelites blamed Moses and Aaron for what they were going through.
The Good News is: the hard heartedness of the king, a people enslaved, forced to hard labor; the people’s hearts hardened against their deliverers; forced to feel helpless and powerless under the king’s hand, do lead somewhere. The king did let them go and was very happy they were leaving because of the pain and suffering brought on his people for what he was doing to the Israelites.
Which side would you have wanted to be on? I don’t know about you, I would have wanted to be on the enslaved people’s side. Why? Because they had someone on their side who could force change, make things happen.
What can we learn from this story? Moses and Aaron were able to do the impossible with God’s help. That sometimes what appears harsh has a greater purpose, and is turning around even when we can’t see it in the natural.
Do you have a Pharaoh in your life today? If you do, remember your cries, prayers, and brokenness, God hears.
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Keep the faith,
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