Thursday, June 26, 2014

Strength

The land of Egypt was once filled with the descendants of Abraham, who were called Israelites. They prospered greatly, just as God had said they would, and the king of Egypt grew afraid that these people might turn against him one day and overturn his power. This pharaoh then enslaved the Israelites so as to not let such a thing happen. But God was bigger. And so God sent Moses to set His people free.

A couple weeks ago I started reading through the Bible, intending to dig deeper and find more meaning than just the surface stories. So as I read the passage of God sending Moses to set His people free, I kept an eye out for something new. Most people notice the usual: "God sends people who aren't perfect. Moses begged God to not make him do this. God got angry at him, but still made him go. Sometimes God wants you to do things that seem impossible." Yeah, that. I agree with it all. It's true. God loves doing the impossible! However, what caught my eye was Exodus five, verse 21 "And they [the Israelites] said unto them [Moses and Aaron], The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us." Now, I get it. I'd be mad to if this guy shows up and tries to make things better, but ends up making things worse by my work load doubling and life getting 10x worse. But as we read to the end of the story, we see that life gets better. It takes lots of miracles and 40 years of punishment, but the Israelites do get to the Promise Land. 

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 that "For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong." The Israelites had a time when they were discouraged because everything was getting worse instead of better, Paul had that time too, I have that time, you have that. It's a human thing. It's God making us stronger. "After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, strengthen, and establish you." (1 Peter 5:10) We cry out to our Savior for help and relief, and sometimes the answer we get is "Wait a little longer, child. I love you, but this will make you stronger, so you must endure." It is so hard to hear that! We want the miracle like the woman who touched his garments or the man who's sight was returned. We want it now! We don't like to wait, but, remember, it took 42 generations and a perfect plan before a Savior could come into this world; He hasn't forgotten you.  

1 comment:

  1. Very encouraging words you wrote: to wait on the Lord, to find God's strength in our weakness, to persevere, to keep hoping, believing, enduring, bearing all things. Let us encourage one another to live by these words. Love you - Mama

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