Exodus 5: Moses returns to Pharaoh with his request from God.
Lessons for Living Today:
My dad’s funny little words of comfort used to be “it will feel a lot better when it quits hurting.” In the midst of a terrible ear ache that gave me comfort. It WILL feel better and it WILL quit hurting. When Moses appeared before Pharaoh to “rescue” his people, Pharaoh all but laughed in his face. Instead of rescuing the people it increased their brick-building burden. They were provided straw for making the bricks, and now they had to gather their own straw, but still make their quota of daily bricks. Oh, how they complained.
Walking God’s path is not always the easiest path—but it always ends up in rescue. Jesus followed God’s path completely but ended up dying a terrible death on a cross. The death was terrible because our sin is terrible. That death paid the penalty for our sin. In order for us to be “rescued from sin” Jesus died in our place. And we who are rescued are now charged with the rescue of others. We must not just live and let live but we must stand up for God’s truth and justice and light the way for others to see the beauty of Jesus’ love.
Whatever pain we suffer, we who know and love Jesus are assured of rescue. The problem is we get in our mind what that rescue should look like and if it doesn’t happen then we feel betrayed. Moses’ people felt betrayed when their burden increased. Even Moses felt betrayed by God. Changing directions in life does not come easy or overnight. But we CAN endure the rescue, whatever comes our way, in the peace that God gives to our hearts in the midst of the fray. We can know, without a shadow of a doubt that it WILL get better and the pain WILL go away. There is never a cause to worry or doubt. God is on our side.
God’s Question: Will you allow My peace to relieve your pain?
God’s Promise: My peace I leave with you.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Your amazing gift of peace.
I am sorry I way too often fret instead of rest in You.
Thank You for the Bible stories that teach us so much.
Help me share Your comfort and peace all my life.