The message today will be based from Exodus 2. I’d recommend reading the whole story of Moses prior to reading this post for extra background information. 🙂
To begin, I’d like to pose a question. Can you imagine a day and age where you’d have to hide your child for three months and then place them in a basket, so that they’d float in the Nile river, in hopes that they’d survive?
That would be ludicrous, right? There is no major threat today in which we’d have to hide our child and hope that they aren’t found and murdered. Around the time of 14th century BCE, there was a threat such as this. Whom did the threat come from you may ask? Pharaoh (his identity has been debated over the years however some scholars think it may have been King Ramses II).
Around this time period, Pharaoh was afraid of how many Israelites populated Egypt (Exodus 1:9). He felt that they would take over if there wasn’t population control so he began to afflict them with heavy burdens (Exodus 1:10). He made the Israelites work ruthlessly as slaves. In the latter half of Exodus 1, Pharaoh commanded that every male child be killed at birth (Exodus 1:22). He didn’t like the idea of the sons of Israelites potentially challenging his position of power.
Fast forward to Exodus 2, the Israelites have been enslaved for 400 years. They were desperate for the Lord to deliver them. They were crying out to God daily for deliverance, to be freed from this land where they were oppressed, whipped and mistreated. They had been praying that they’d be brought to the land God promised them. Later the Lord tells Moses to tell the Israelites “…The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying ‘I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey'” (Exodus 3:16-17).
Once the Lord delivers them from this land with Moses, they were brought into the the “Wilderness of Sin” which is between Elim and Sinai (Exodus 16:1). They wandered in this wilderness for 40 years before entering the promised land. Something very interesting I want to point out is in Exodus 16:2-3 once the Israelites are officially delivered they began to question God and fear for their life–to the point where they wished they were still enslaved in Egypt.
Exodus 16:2-3 states “And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them, ‘Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Now these are the same people who were SO desperate to get out of slavery yet now they are out of that season they want to go back because of fear of the unknown and lack of trust in God.
How many of us today wish to be back in a season God has called us out of?
How many of us have so desperately cried out to the Lord for change or deliverance yet once it occurred, it didn’t look how we thought it would or brought about new challenges we didn’t anticipate?
The LORD is still Faithful even though our circumstances may not look the way we want them to. Even if things take longer than we’d imagine, (for instance 40 years in the wilderness with only manna to eat) every Word God has spoken to you WILL be fulfilled. God cannot lie and if there is Anyone that has your best interest in mind, it’s Him. He is the Creator of the Universe, he knows Best.
Now if we believe this is true (which I’m sure most of us do), why are we so quick to challenge or question him?
Our circumstances do NOT dictate who God is. Our Bible tells us who he is.
You are in control of what you believe, whether it’s the promises of God and the Word or what your circumstances are. We NEED to declare to ourselves and situations we’re in, what God has declared to us and promised us. The more we tell ourselves verbally what God has spoken, our mind will begin to be convinced of these truths and doubt will diminish.
We have to stand on the Promises of God and His Word or else our view of God will be based simply on our circumstances.
You are being UPGRADED and with that comes some turbulence. Just like when you are flying somewhere, going to a new destination, you can’t just jump out of the plane when it gets rough, you have only one option and that is to go through it so that you can be brought out to the other side, the Promised Land.
So do Not be afraid of the new season God is bringing us all into, yes it may come with new challenges but it also comes with new levels of authority, grace and strength to keep fighting the good fight.