Hardship, Faith, & Worship

10 When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

-Exodus 14:10-14

 

The clouds darken and thunder rolls. On the horizon, dust rises up and the sound of hooves. Horns are blowing and children are crying and clinging to their mothers. Moses looks out at his people and his heart is heavy. He had brought them out of Egypt and now they would all die here. I wonder what was going through his mind as everyone was yelling and screaming at him. Moses was faced with a hardship. He had two options, give into his fear and defeat or to step out in faith and approach God. The story would look so much different if he decided to give into his fear.

The enemy wants the same for you by the way.Let’s stop pretending that our lives are always as glorious as our Instagram and Facebook timelines appear to seem. Even in the good times we hit hardships. Why do we continue to hide this from the world? As if somehow our problems will make us seem like we are less Christian? I would rather the world see my hardship and how God lead me through. What a testament for the unbeliever to see. What a thing for your family to see.

That brings up the second thing that Moses had. Faith. He knew that if he turned to his God that everything would be alright. Moses lifted his face unto heaven and prayed with faith. Not shaky faith mind you, but fervent absolute faith. The type of faith that can move mountains and raise the dead. The type of faith that can heal all sickness and disease. Moses had faith in the face of hardship and look what happened. In the times when we turn to God, we must be just as resolute as Moses was. In the face of the enemy, we must show no fear. Moses said to the people and to us “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” HOW POWERFUL!

The third thing that we see and I think we need more of outside the church is worship. In the good times and the bad, we need more worship. Right after they cross over the Red Sea and the watch as the waves consume the armies of Pharoh, they worshiped. What joy must have been in that place. When we get out of our hardships, do we readily worship our King? Or do we turn to the things and idols that created our hardship? Time and time again we see that the Israelites turned away and tried to do things by their own will. They turned back to idols, to false teachers and prophets, to old rules and religious frippery. Let us just have joy in worship and continue following after our Lord and King.

I pray that this encourages you and that this touches you. I pray that the Holy Spirit leads and guides you in the wisdom of God, and shows you paths that you should walk. Lord continue to pour into me so I can pour out more of you. We love you Lord and we worship from now until Heaven.

Amen

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