God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. When Moses first appeared and told the elders about this plan, they were awed that God cared about them and responded to their prayers for help.
But when Moses delivered his divine message to Pharaoh, the king did not set his slaves free. He did not fall trembling on his face at God’s message. He scoffed, and he made life even more miserable for the Israelites.
In Exodus 6:1 Moses prays, and God answers, “ ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.’ ”
At this point, things don’t appear to be going according to plan. But the people don’t know all the details. They just know God sent Moses to free them. Not only does that not happen right away, but the work required of them grows harder and more merciless.
I probably would have been discouraged at this point, too. But things for the Israelites are going exactly as God planned. His mighty acts in Egypt will become so famous that the tales will spread to other lands ahead of the Israelites.
If we truly believe God has a good plan for us and He is totally in control, I’m not sure there’s room for discouragement. I believe discouragement is a scheme of the enemy (Ephesians 6:11), and faith protects us from such schemes (Ephesians 6:16).
How do we grow strong in faith? By exercising it. That’s what this month has been all about. The biggest thing I have learned during this month of focus on faith is that fear and discouragement are waiting for every opportunity to halt my faith in its tracks. I can choose to depend on what I can see about a situation and let fear rule the day, or I can choose to believe God’s Word and take the actions God shows me.
There’s not a middle road. It’s either follow God where He leads or not. And the only road that leads to victory is the road of faith.
Please share in the comments: What is the area of life where God is calling you to act according to faith instead of fear?