Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh…
I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
“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. 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. 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.’”
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
Exodus 6:1, 5-9
Just some of the words that come to mind when I read this passage. Except, those aren’t the words that should’ve ever entered into our hearts while reading these amazing covenantal promises from God.Here is our great and loving God bestowing in His mercy and grace everything that a person could ask for by way of a blessing from Him:
1. I have remembered
2. I will bring you out
3. I will free you
4. I will redeem you
5. I will take you
6. I will be
7. I will bring you to
8. I will give it to you
I mean, what more could someone in bondage to slavery ever ask for?
But these are not the words the Israelites heard. Nor are they the words that we actually hear either when the promises of our great and awesome God reach their fulfillment and begin to unfold in our lives.
But why are we prone to such unbelief?
Well the last verse gives us some indication:
they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.
Some translations say:
but on account of their broken spirit and cruel bondage, they did not listen to him.
Oh, how God’s perfect and holy heart must have broken through His great love for His people to know that their experiences of life while waiting for His redemption to come had cause their unprotected hearts to grow callous and hopeless in light of their painful affliction and despairing circumstances.
But God – the Great All-knowing Pursuer that He is – already knew what despair so easily abounds in our hearts and would never let that keep Him from His beloved that He loved so deeply.
No, while many of us in our humanity would simply give up, or call it useless and pointless to continue on, God the great lover of our souls saw this as an opportunity for the world to know the depths of His ever-faithful and relentless love for His Beloved – US – and by doing so, He would also bring glory to His Name!
So with great wisdom and patience He sets out to work immediately to begin to demonstrate the immeasurable depths of His unwavering devotion for a people so prone to wander.
He rolls up His sleeves and declares:
“Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to LET THE ISRAELITES GO out of his country.”
And even as Moses and Aaron stumble around to see past the current circumstances themselves, the Lord’s powerful deliverance would not be delayed!
When the Lord spoke to Moses in Egypt, he said to him, “I am the Lord. TELL PHARAOH KING OF EGYPT EVERYTHING I TELL YOU.”
But the salvation of the Most High God shall not be delayed! For the Scriptures declare:
The foolish plans of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength!
1 Corinthians 1:25
And I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of how foolish it seems indeed!A 80 year old man with a staff and his brother are going to go up against the largest superpower in history at the time.
But we all know how it all goes down…
The miracle of the staff…
The destruction of Pharaoh and his army…
God always delivers on His promises!!!
Today, I sensed in my heart that it was necessary to remind you of God’s unfailing promises, because we are often no different than the Israelites were back then.
“well the last five interviews didn’t work out so I guess I’m never going to find work…”
“well my last three relationships were a disaster so I’m just gonna give up and stop expecting…”
“I always get overlooked for promotion so why even put in the effort anymore…”
“I never get healed so I’m just going to stop asking for it anymore…”
Every day of our lives God is inviting us to go against the odds and live victoriously in the very places where we’ve allowed our failures, heartbreaks, and losses to develop within us the very same hopelessness that Satan would love for those very difficult seasons to do in us – steal our joy, peace, love freedom, and especially our faith in the promises of our Victorious King who reigns forevermore!
But GOD has taken these very same circumstances and purposes them to instead sculpt in you and I the character of an impenetrable warrior!
Not one to whom love, hope and faith can no longer penetrate, but instead, one whose love, faith, and eternal hope can never be stolen from ever again!
It’s this mighty combination in Christ that we all need to not only have victory day to day in this life, but to also get us home safely to our eternal dwelling place.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Faith ~ Hope ~ Love
So whatever your harsh treatments or discouragements may look like for you in this particular season of your life, I write this to encourage your hearts today. There is victory and a victorious King who is actively in battle behind the scenes working things together to deliver and triumph you over every adversity that He has allowed to come your way.
His name will be glorified even through the worst of it all, if you welcome Him in and trust that He has remembered you, will bring you out, will free you, redeem you, take you as His own, will be your God, will bring you to a better place, and will give it all to you as your inheritance!
And together we shall reign forevermore!
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Because of the same resurrection power that lives in us who believe, I implore you: