Rough Starts – Exodus 5:22-23

Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not rescued Your people at all.”

It isn’t easy to process the fact that often when Father God begins a big work in our lives it begins with struggle and disappointment. Moving against the forces of evil in whatever form always causes some gigantic, rough waves in the beginning. When God speaks and acts there are painful ramifications in the working of His, and our, ultimate good.

Father God has heard His people and acted on their accord. Moses and Aaron have brought the good news to the Israelites and spoken truth to Pharaoh. Now, the trouble begins. Pharaoh has owned these Israelites as slaves for years now. He is dependent upon them and has grown fearful of their numbers. Thus, when God steps into rescue them, Pharaoh, the clear enemy of God and His people, is offended and instantly makes things even harder for God’s people. Israel is shocked. Even Moses and Aaron are surprised and grow despondent over the trouble that has ensued since their arrival and announcement. They are following the plan; yet, things are not going as they expected.

It’s easy to grow shortsighted when resistance to the work of God arises. We should not be surprised but we almost always are. There will always be evil resistance when good advances. There will always be shock waves whenever we set about to implement the plan of God in any form. We truly have an enemy and he will not easily relinquish control. Whether it’s control of our lives, our families, our nation – whatever. When the enemy gains a strong foothold, he will not relinquish his hold without a fight. We cannot be weak-willed or shortsighted when evil resistance raises its ugly head.

Jesus also knew this and left us with a promise we must act upon when we find ourselves ready to give up in the face of such pressures. He knew there would be trouble from the evil one when the good news began to spread.

John 16:31-33
Jesus replied to them, “Do you now believe? Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

As those who are submitting themselves to the life of God and following closely in Jesus steps through the power of the Holy Spirit, we must not be easily shaken when God is on the move. Trouble will come but God will not be overcome nor will His plan. We stand in the armor of our Father with courage and calmly face whatever is thrown our way. The real truth is that the kingdom of God IS advancing and not even the gates of hell will prevail against it.

Take heart, we serve the Victorious King. He is strong and kind. He is on the move. Resistance is futile.

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