Thursday, August 23, 2012
Patience Sounds Like A Curse Word
There are days worse than the days before where good isn’t remembered anymore. The word patience sounds like a curse word and there isn’t enough strength for tomorrow. Each of us has been there. We wait on God for finances, health, our children and our loved ones. This is the situation the Israelites were in at the opening to the book of Exodus.
God sends Moses with a promise to the Israelites. Moses proclaims the word of God and---things get harder for Israel. Life feels like this sometimes. We pray more than we’ve ever prayed; we fast, we cry out and---life gets more difficult. Israel got to the point that, “they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage.”
We become short-sighted and lose perspective. God has the eternal view and one week or year is a drop in the bucket in comparison. We live to one-hundred years if we are fortunate. The year long trial is a decent chunk of time to us. We close our eyes to the hope of deliverance though the messenger is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We’ve seen the movie and know the rest of the story. Israel is delivered “with an outstretched arm and with great judgements.” The oppressor is thrown off and Israel takes up new residence in the land of milk and honey. Today I need to listen to the message of deliverance. I need the long view to ‘see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He call them all my name…He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.”
“And it shal be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?,’ then you shall say to him, “With a powerful hand the Lord brougt us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.”