Hebrews 8; Exodus 5:1-6:27; Proverbs 1
There is this myth that if you obey the Lord and do what He says, everything will be wonderful. If, on the other hand, you don’t follow God’s path for your life, then you’ll have trouble. The conclusion to those false statements then, is that you can judge a person’s commitment and obedience to God on the outcome of their life. If life is good, their relationship with God is good. If life is bad…well, you know. Of course, examples in Scripture prove this theory false. We all know the story of Job. Have you ever thought of Moses when you consider those things? “The supervisors said to them, ‘Let the LORD see and judge what you’ve done! You’ve made us stink in the opinion of Pharaoh and his servants. You’ve given them a reason to kill us.’” (Exodus 5:21) Not only did Pharaoh reject Moses and Aaron when they were being faithful to their call, the Hebrew supervisors were steamed! Because Moses had spoken to Pharaoh, Pharaoh was taking things out on them and making life harder for all the Israelites. The supervisors were so discouraged that they wanted Moses and Aaron to stop the “foolishness.” If they would just lie low, all this would blow over and Pharaoh would get back to normal. Often, when we are committed to following God’s plan, difficulties come. Contrary to what some would have you believe, this is normal. The key for followers of Christ is that they need to make sure they are doing what God wants and then keep on following. Jesus promised tribulation and problems for those who would follow Him. The reward of a stronger relationship with Him and the joy of seeing His work accomplished here on earth makes all the struggle worth it.
Dear Lord, give me wisdom to know Your will and the strength to do it. When I face struggles because I follow You, remind me that following You is still the best decision ever.