“So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.”- Exodus 6:9
At the time when this verse was written, the children of Israel, God’s chosen people, were slaves in Egypt under Pharaoh’s iron fist.
The Lord had given them the promise that one day they would be freed from slavery and taken to the Promised Land.
However, when they faced opposition and weren’t freed exactly when they thought they’d be, they lost hope of the Lord’s deliverance altogether.
They became so discouraged that they refused to listen to God anymore.
Their hearts became hardened because they chose to magnify their current situation instead of the Lord’s faithfulness.
Similar to the Israelites, as Christians, we too will face opposition.
We too will face times of great suffering.
We too will have certain promises given directly to us from the Lord that we’re still waiting to be fulfilled, and prayers we’ve cried out to Him that have yet to be answered.
But does this mean our God is not good?
Does it mean His eyes are blind to our suffering, His ears deaf to our cries?
God is good all the time, and all the time our God is good!
God, Are You Still There?
One thing you can be sure of is that God is working behind the scenes.
The truth is, not only does God hear our prayers, but He also promises to answer them according to His will for our lives.
It means God has reasons for His delays.
Reasons for how and when He chooses to answers our prayers.
And reasons for our seasons of waiting, uncertainty, persecution, opposition and yes even suffering.
What I love about this story, is just how much of God’s mercy, grace, goodness, and faithfulness is displayed in the lives of His children.
Yes, the Israelites lost heart.
Yes, they were discouraged.
But, God kept His promise to them.
He delivered them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
They were blessed beyond their wildest dreams not because they were “good” people, but because they were His chosen people.
Don’t forget how God parted the Red Sea, knocked down the walls of Jericho, and used a shepherd boy named David to defeat the giant Goliath with only a stone and a sling!
Don’t forget how God turned water into wine, opened the eyes of the blind, healed the sick, and sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, in this world to die on a cross and rise again for the forgiveness of our sins!
How truly great is our God!
So if God is the same today, yesterday and forever, then is anything too hard for Him?
Is anything impossible for Him?
The answer surely is no.
The same God who was with these men and woman back then is surely the same God who is with us now.
Our God is greater!
Our God is stronger!
Our God is able to do absolutely anything!
God, Are You Going to Keep Your Promise?
God is faithful to His Word.
If God says it will happen then it will, and if He says it won’t happen then it won’t.
The name of our Savior is “Faithful and True”. (Rev. 19:11)
We can trust Him.
God will never deceive us, play tricks on us, lie to us, or lead us on in order to let us down.
Just because we may not see God’s almighty hands at work in our lives, it doesn’t mean He’s not working.
Just because we are still waiting for God to fulfill a promise, it doesn’t mean that He’ll never fulfill it.
And just because God may choose to allow us to experience hardship, it doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care.
It’s during these times that we need to really hold on to the promises He gives us without wavering in our faith.
We need to stop allowing our feelings and emotions to take precedence over the truth of God’s Word.
We need to stop doubting God and to start trusting that He knows what’s best for us.
God, Should I Trust You?
Walking blindly, solely by faith, is sometimes the hardest thing for us to do.
But our God has a perfect track record.
When we look back at what He’s already provided and what He’s already done…
We can rest assured that He will also make a way for whatever it is we’re currently going through.
Remember that the Word of God will never return void.
By trusting in it completely, by trusting in our Jesus with all that is within us, we will find that we really do have hope in this seemingly hopeless world.
So if you’re feeling discouraged and find yourself no longer listening to and trusting in your Father’s still small voice it’s time to stop listening to the lies of the enemy.
Rebuke Satan in Jesus name!
Open up your Bible and allow the Word of God to encourage you.
Allow God’s promises to overwhelm you instead of the cares and concerns of this life.
“Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.” – Joshua 21:45
Regardless of how we’re feeling, what our eyes are seeing, or what our finite minds are thinking—our God is faithful.
Our God is good.
He has a specific plan for our lives and is in full and complete control of everything we’re going through.
So when the Lord gives you a promise, when He tells you He’ll do something, walk by faith believing that one day it will come to pass.
Rest assured that you haven’t been overlooked nor have you been forgotten.
Your Heavenly Father will not lie to you.
You can trust Him and take Him completely at His Word.
You are not walking through life all alone.
God goes before you, stands behind you, and is walking alongside you.
You too will enter into the Promised Land, heaven for all eternity, so keep your eyes on your Good Shepherd and follow closely after His lead.
He will give you every single thing you need, every single step of the way.
“Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful…”
Study Verses: Leviticus 26:12-13, Prov. 3:5-6, 1 Corinthians 2:9