Monday, October 8, 2012

Facing Pharaoh

Life is full of surprises, twists, and ups and downs.   It seems like just when we think we have things figured out and the road is smooth something else pops up.

Joseph experienced many of those those highs and lows.  He was his father's favored son, but was despised by his brothers who sold him into slavery.  In Egypt, Joseph was put in charge of Potiphar's household, then falsely accused by his wife, and thrown in prison.  Finally we see the road level out as Joseph is made a ruler of the land, second only to Pharaoh himself.  His father Jacob, and the rest of his family move to Egypt to be near Joseph and escape the famine; a total of 70 people, the beginning of the Israelite nation.  The Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly.  God was blessing them and life was good.

Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in EgyptExodus 1:8 NIV

The Egyptians began to oppress the Israelites.  They made their lives bitter with hard labor and with all kinds of work in the fields. (vs.14)  The blessings seemed to come to an end as the trials began.  

This is an important truth to remember:  For every mountaintop there is a valley; behind every blessing from God is an enemy who wants to see us fail. 

It was during this time of persecution by the Egyptians that Moses was born.  According to the king's edict, Moses was supposed to die at birth, but God had other plans.  

Years passed, and the king of Egypt died, but the Israelites continued to be oppressed.  They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. (Exodus 2:23)  And God sent Moses . . .

Maybe you feel like you can relate to the Israelites.  God had promised to bring them out of Egypt (Genesis 15:16, 46:3-4), but the people had been waiting a long time for that promise to be kept.  Have you been crying out to God, but help seems slow in coming?  Are you stuck in a situation that seems hopeless?
 
Or maybe you relate more to Moses.  God told Moses to speak to Pharaoh;  "Let My people go!"  But God also told Moses that He would harden Pharaoh's heart, and the king would refuse.  Can you relate to being asked to do something you weren't comfortable doing, knowing that you wouldn't be successful? 

Does it feel like God is slow in keeping His promises?  

Do you feel like you've moved from one desperate situation (famine in the land of Canaan) to another (slavery in Egypt)? 

This post begins a series entitled Facing Pharaoh.  I hope you'll join me on this journey as we begin our own personal exodus. 


Many blessings,

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6 comments:

  1. Yes, Lisa... He's been slow to answer. But, I trust Him... I try to think about how I can best handle the "waiting" and I fail at it... a lot. I'm glad He sees right into my heart in times like this... right into the center of the struggle because from the outside it might look like I have no faith. But I do and He knows! Thank you for the way you let Him use you... it's a blessing to me :)

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  2. Hi Lisa - I can so relate. I feel like God is being slow to answer too but I know if I try to 'fix' the problems I will just make it worse. I also believe God will take His hands off me and tell me "you want to do it, go for it" and remove His blessing, His vindication, etc. God's way or no way! Praying for you Lisa and grateful for your prayers <3
    Tracy

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  3. Oh girl..don't we all feel Pharaoh breathing down our necks at one time or another? This looks like a timely series for me...thanks girl :)

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  4. Joseph's story and journey has always been so inspiring to me. Thanks, Lisa

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  5. Loved your thoughts today and the analogies. I will look forward to your continued thoughts on Facing Pharaoh. The biblical stories are so powerful.
    Blessings!

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