August 27 – The God Who Comes Through – He Assures Us in Times of Discouragement

Read Exodus 5:22-6:13

We take the hand of a toddler when crossing a street. We offer an arm to the elderly when they need a little stability. We lend a hand to a needy friend. We throw up our hands when we’ve lost all control, and we take matters into our own hands when we’ve got to get it back.

If our present world was in your hands, what would it look like? Whose hands are it in anyway?

The Israelites wondered the same thing. Moses told them God was going to grant them freedom but they were working harder and more enslaved than ever. They told Moses…

“May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” (5:21)

They complained to Moses so he complained to God.

“Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” (5:23)

Moses said ‘yes’ to God and that’s when his difficulties began. His people were mad at him. Pharaoh was annoyed by him. Moses was probably mad at himself…why did I ever let God talk me into this? There’s something deep inside my soul that wants to believe that, if I say ‘yes’ to God, all will be well. And it will be…

. . . in the life to come.

Jesus said:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” So what do we do with the trouble? How do we stay encouraged?” (John 16:33)

God met Moses in his discouragement. He will meet us there too. He wants to take us from what we see, experience and feel, and remind us who He is. I love how He responds to Moses and tells him all the things He will do by His mighty hand. “Then you will know I am the Lord your God!” (vs 7) Without difficulty, we’ll never know the power of His mighty hand. Without our weakness, we’ll never acknowledge His strength. We’ll take the credit every time. We’ll think we’ve got everything all wrapped up in our own ‘capable’ hands.

The Bible has so much to say about the power of His hands. I wish I had room to tell you all that I found but here are some of my favorite passages.

“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.” (John 3:35)

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

Keep following His voice, my friend! It’s time to loosen your grip and rest assured that you are held. No matter how crazy this world gets, He’s got it and you!

Shelly Eberly

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