The verse that caught my attention in the reading this week is, “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 (NLT). This is stark, real and all too familiar. There is a common idea that if God is with me, then life will get increasingly easier, more “blessed” and fun. This idea has been behind the selling of a lot of books, seminars and programs for purchase. It taps into what we want and think we deserve and many have fallen into the trap of trying to find the secret.
True faith in God can allow me to rise above any circumstances, because true faith isn’t dependent on what is happening to me, but on who is working within and for me. Let me say that again, because I need to hear it too. True faith isn’t dependent on what’s happening to me, but on who is working within and for me. Moses and the Israelites are going to see the reality of this played out on a public stage. The same God who is working among them is here with us today. He offers us what no amount of persecution, injustice, pain or suffering could diminish – Himself. His love will sustain us, His strength will reinforce us, His presence will comfort us. These are promises that come from the One who will make them good.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)