In response to the rapid growth in the Hebrew population, Pharaoh issued a command to his people.
b. When have your problems increased, even as you trusted and obeyed God? I’m there right now. I have several challenging mandates from the Lord. Writing is the one that often slips through the cracks. Family members make ever-increasing demands on my time. Carving out time to study and write requires diligence, determination, getting up early and/or staying up late.
Genesis 15:13-14 (Voice) — God is aware of the problem before, during, and after. He is on our side. He has a plan. His plan includes judgment of our adversaries, deliverance at the appointed time, and abundant financial provision. The down side—God saw the big picture. It may not happen in our lifetime. It doesn’t all depend on us either. Those darn Amorites! God even has patience with our adversaries.
He will never leave us nor forsake us. Through the trials, we have nothing to fear. Persevere. He loves us. He will gladly give up our adversaries in exchange for our freedom.
John 16:33 (Voice) —God speaks to us through His word, through others, and to us directly through the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t want us to live with fear. He wants us to have peace. He has already triumphed over “this corrupt world order.”
- Even when the circumstances seem unbearable, we can draw on His comfort.
- Through hardship, we learn to trust Him completely.
- After all, He has the power to raise the dead!
8. a. Even if the Hebrews knew God’s plan, it would have been difficult to endure on a day-to-day basis. But we should keep our eye on the prize as Paul encouraged us to do. Note to self: Focus on the goal!
b. Promises that motivate me to hang in there—
Matthew 24:35 — My words are always true and always here with you. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.