God Promises Action

As a country boy, I remember seeing a team of horses drawing a very heavy load of logs, and as they came to a hard place they struggled and strained every muscle, but they could not start the load. Then the driver took some of the logs off and tried to get them to start the load, … More

Discouragement

In the previous chapter Moses became very discouraged and  began to question why God had put him in this situation and then why he had not delivered His people. When we are discouraged it is very easy to be tempted to question God and wonder why He hasn’t taken care of our problems. However, just like Moses, we must trust Him and be assured that his purpose and timing is for our ultimate good. Moses certainly was discouraged but in this passage he takes his problem to the Lord! When he does God encourages him by reminding him of:

  1. Who He was - (vv 1-3) - All powerful.
  2. His covenant - (v. 4) - Promised Israel the land of Canaan.
  3. His personal concern - (v. 5) - About how the people are suffering because of the Egyptians.
  4. Great judgments on Egypt (v. 6) - Promises to punish the Egyptians.
  5. An inheritance of the Lord (vv. 7-8) - Will bring the people into the promised land.

God’s purpose in allowing Pharaoh to oppress Israel was that His power and glory might be known to the world. However, when Moses reported these assurances to the people they still would not listen (v. 9). This caused Moses to hesitate and question his own oratorical ability. However, this  objection was answered by the Lord’s command for him to again go to Pharaoh and demand the release of Israel (vv. 10-13).

Application

I should never be discouraged and tempted to quit when other Christians don’t seen to appreciate what I’m doing for the Lord? Instead I need to trust His timing and ultimate purpose.

Exodus 6:1-13 (English Standard Version)


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