Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9
Discouragement occurs when things go bad on a consistent basis and don’t ever seem to get better. People try and try to change the situation, but it does not change. If it keeps up long enough, people get discouraged and want to quit. They cannot believe in the possibility of things getting better. They begin to expect hardship and turmoil.
It is difficult to encourage someone who is discouraged. All the person can see is the mountain and trouble in front of their eyes. His eyes are blinded to the truth or any change than can occur.
The Israelites had been under slavery for 400 hundred years. All they, their parents, their grand-parents and great grand-parents have ever known is slavery. They had been crying out to God for a rescue. When God began to answer, the enemy doubled down on the fight to hold them.
Through Moses, God told them that He would release them. Yet, they would not listen to that word, because they were discouraged. Everything was going from bad to worse. How could anything get better? It appeared that God and Moses had made things worse. They were discouraged.
Many people in this world and some believers have this type of view on life. They cannot see beyond the troubles that are in front of them. They allow discouragement to overcome in their lives and keep them down, rather than allowing God to come in and strengthen them and release them from the hands of the enemy.
The enemy will not release a person quickly or easily. The world does not want to lose anyone to God. So the world will fight back. Satan will double up on holding a believer or non-believer down.
There may be times you attempt to encourage someone who is discouraged and being beaten down or you may be in that place yourself. Look up to God and trust His word to you. God has great plans for you.
No matter what the world can throw at you, God will win in the end. In the end you will be brought into the promised land–heaven for all eternity with God.
Do not allow yourself to get discouraged and stop hearing God’s word for your life. Do not let discouragement win, but let God’s word in your life win.
I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that God will remove discouragement from your life; that you will allow God to pull you through the troubles of this life; and that you will live in victory through Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit.
and they said, “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.” Exodus 5:21
Being liked is something most people want. They want to be liked by the people they are around. Some even desire to be very popular. They would like to be like some celebrities, whom every one knows who they are no matter where they go.
In order to be popular with the people, many will do whatever it takes. Often personal standards are compromised or completely tossed out. People will do what everyone likes, just to make them happy and be popular. When a person speaks, they will say what the others want to hear, in order to be loved and popular.
This type of action has also occurred in the church. There are different preachers who will only speak good words and refuse to talk about sinful acts and God’s coming judgement. They want to be popular.
However, doing God’s will is not always the most popular thing to do. Moses was told by God to go before Pharaoh to demand he let the Israelites go. Instead of releasing the people, he made their life harder. This made Moses unpopular with the people.
Even though he was unpopular, Moses continued to do what was God’s desire for him to do. He did not bend under the pressure to be liked or popular with the people.
Doing what God wants is not always the easiest or most popular thing to do. It goes against the ways and desires of this world. Even inside the church, many people don’t see it as God’s will and fight against a person. They will talk bad about the person or even walk away.
As a believer, God may call you to do some work for Him that may not be popular with the people. It may turn both believers and non-believers against you, because they are refusing to see God’s will.
Yet, just as Moses did, you must continue to do what God has called you to do. Popularity will not get you into heaven. It is faith, trust and obedience that will get you to heaven. Obedience is what will allow God to say you have done well, good and faithful servant.
How well are you doing God’s will today?
I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will do God’s will for your life; that God will give you strength to do His will; that God will protect you from the people; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.
My 20 year old son, Kyle, made this short 2 minute motivational video about traffic cones, the Christian and God. May you be blessed, motivated and challenged by this short video.
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” Exodus 4:1
Being believed or listened to does not always happen for every person. A ‘small’ person may have a chance to go before a ‘big’ person with some thoughts or an issue. Many people will think, why would that person listen to him, he is a nobody.
Very few people think that they are somebody important or that they have a message that is important enough for every person to stop and listen to. Or they may feel as if their message is not important enough for people to be willing to listen to.
God had appeared to Moses in the wilderness and told him to go back to Egypt and tell His people, the Israelites, that God is going to set them free. He was to demand Pharaoh to set the people free. Moses first question to God was what if they don’t listen or believe him.
Many believers ask that very same question. Jesus has told every believer that they are to go out into to the world and be His witness. They are to tell every person that they meet about Jesus and God’s love. In the life of a believer, God may lay it on the heart of a person to tell a specific person about Jesus.
This command is often questioned and not followed. People are quick to think that the person will not listen or will not believe. Reasons for not believing are that they know the faults of the believer or do not really know the believer.
Yet, God wants every person to be told His message. That message is that every person needs to be set free from Egypt, this world, sin. Jesus came to free every person from sin and death in this world.
Every day you will have an opportunity to be a witness to someone about Jesus. Do not be afraid that they will not believe or listen. That is between the person and God. If God leads you to an open door to be His witness, be His witness.
Trust that God is already working on that person’s heart. Moses had to go before Pharaoh ten times before He let the people go. You may have to go before a person ten times before they may believe, but give them the opportunity to believe.
I pray today that you will listen to God’s leading; that you will be a witness of Jesus every time you have the opportunity; that God will remove fear of people not believing or listening; and that God will lead you to people who will listen and believe in Jesus.