Exodus 1:7-10,16-17,22 But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land… “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live… Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”

The power over life and death is a ‘high’ that blinds eyes and hearts. This was the case with the new Pharaoh of Egypt who forgot Joseph and his family and he chose the path of steering life in the direction of his fears and desires.

Forgetfulness seems to be a standard human condition and gratefulness is certainly short-lived. What is our response to such realities of living in this broken world?

Just got off the phone with a dear brother in Christ who has been out of work for many months and finally got a break today.

His journey was one of confidence that turned to desperation compounded with depression, low self-esteem and poor health.

Today he is back to being joyful but if he is not careful, tomorrow’s pitfalls will cost him dearly again.

The beautiful story of Joseph that we just finished in the book of Genesis continues into the bitter reality of human brokenness in the 1st chapter of Exodus. All in the gap of a few years!

This is a reminder to us today that fairy tale endings exist in Christ when we are raised up to be with Him for eternity.

Until then, we need to remember Jesus’ words in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

We are going to face trials in this life but when our focus is on glorifying God, our problems fade away and our hearts are full of joy for our maker. We forget not the storms of this life but we see clearly the one who will take us through to be with Him and celebrate!

Are you seeking help that lasts an eternity or do you want to continue to use shortcuts that eventually lead to destruction?

In His loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you Vineet, for not sugar coating the truth of our trials. They are real and they happen. I love “but when our focus is on glorifying God, our problems fade away” and need to remember it each day, each time those problems come knocking. And they do readily come. Now I will think, “oh . . .another chance to glorify God!”
    Thank you and God bless you for helping us keep our focus on Him!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      Recently, I’ve been experiencing some challenges that have caused me to pause and consider suffering closely and these chapters in Genesis and Exodus have served as great mirrors to reflect on. Seeing all that Israel, Joseph and the people of Israel have gone through, I consider myself spared and I can only sing praises to God for not putting in the fire as they have been but graciously dealing with my weak faith. The more I spend time in God’s presence, the more real I see our lives and the purpose He has given each of us and the more I appreciate what He is doing in our lives through all the hurdles and potholes.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. This had important reminders for me.

    “We are going to face trials in this life but when our focus is on glorifying God, our problems fade away and our hearts are full of joy for our maker. We forget not the storms of this life but we see clearly the one who will take us through to be with Him and celebrate!”

    Pray for me that the Lord will help me to focus on glorifying Him more and more throughout each day. I have been struggling some with anxiety and depression. Pray that I will yield and that my mind will be renewed more and more each day.

    Theresa

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