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August 29 – Being Built Up In Faith

“The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, ‘You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.’ They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; and they said to them, ‘The LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.’  Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, ‘O Lord, why have You done evil to this people? Why did You ever send me?  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.” Exodus 5:19-23

Devotional Thought For The Day

It is very helpful to see that God’s dear people of faith have often had to endure the same kind of “faith building” experiences as we go through – even when God is doing awesome and momentous things for us. Moses was the chief prophet of the Old Testament era, and the deliverance from Egypt is the closest Old Testament parallel to what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. One would think that when God promises and sets out to accomplish something that everything would work smoothly – that problems and troubles would immediately cease, and that rich blessings and ease would quickly ensue.  Such was not the case with the Exodus from Egypt, such was not the case with the great act of Christ for our redemption, and such was not the case in the building of the New Testament church of God. As we know, the preaching and teaching of God’s Word and the lively growth of the church is not a simple and easy project today.

The response of the children of Israel to this setback – having greater labor and burden in fulfilling their “brick” quota – is quite interesting.  God sent Moses to announce that He was going to deliver these people from Egypt.  Moses didn’t want to go, but eventually he did – and his ministry of God’s Word made matters temporarily worse for the children of Israel. Their response was to accuse Moses and Aaron of seeking their destruction – and in that Moses and Aaron truly were on God’s mission, and were speaking God’s Word truthfully, this accusation was also made against God. Moses passes this message on to God in his prayer – chastising God for “doing evil” against these people, and for not having effected their deliverance quickly enough. While honesty in prayer is a good thing, I would suggest that making such accusations against God is not a good idea.  It betrays a great lack of faith and ignorance of God.

As we struggle through our own challenges in life as God’s people of faith, we should keep these lessons in mind.  If you are a preacher or teacher of God’s Word, understand what kinds of difficulties this will bring.  Don’t be surprised, and don’t give up.  If following the instruction of God’s Word seems to bring greater difficulties and hardships into your life, don’t be shocked, and don’t give up your faith and faithfulness – His blessing and deliverance are coming, but on His schedule. He is testing you and strengthening your faith – adding this blessing to all the others He has promised you. God appreciates it when in faith we hold Him to His Word; however we should be careful in this, having and expressing faith rather than accusing Him out of doubt and unbelief.

Thankfully, God is rich in mercy and forgiveness, and He forgives even such petulant outbursts of our doubting, fallen hearts. His faithfulness to His Word is not dependent upon us, and so His blessings inexorably come to us even though we don’t deserve them. We also learn this from His Word, how He dealt with the children of Israel throughout their history; and God is the same – “yesterday, today, and forever,” so we can be sure, even if our difficulties and burdens increase, that His blessing and deliverance are surely coming to us. So let us remain humble and faithful as we pass through the trials of this present life, looking eagerly for the great and joyous salvation that is soon to come.  God has promised; we will not be disappointed!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, we too are eager for immediate deliverance and quick gratification. We look too much at wind and wave, and allow troubles to deteriorate our faith and trust in You. Help us to be more cooperative in Your great work of building our faith – that we may always have Your peace and joy.  Amen.