Exodus 5:6-9, “And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, (7) Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. (8) And the tale of the bricks, which they did make heretofore, ye shall lay upon them; ye shall not diminish ought thereof: for they be idle; therefore they cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God. (9) Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.”
Recently in India, I saw companies making brick. My guide told me that they used the same means of brick making as is spoken of in Exodus with the children of Israel in Egypt. (See verses above.) I can tell you, whether day or night, I saw hard labor at every one of these brick-making “plants”.
I once heard a statement and never forgot it. The statement was, “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” How true this is! Satan used this same tactic through Pharaoh thousands of years ago and is still doing it today. Probably because…we continue to let it work!
Keep them busy!! Keep them tired!! Keep them frustrated!! As long as Satan can keep our thoughts bombarded with our physical, emotional, and psychological needs, he will keep us from our “SPIRITUAL” need of a closer walk with the Lord.
Keep Your Focus! Exodus 5 is where Moses confronts Pharaoh and says “Let my people go!” He is rejected by Pharaoh and instead of freeing Israel; Pharaoh increases the oppression of their slavery.
I drew a few conclusions from this text not only in regards to Moses, but also the people. There are things they did not do in this time of their lives as adversity increased:
- They did not get bitter or resentful toward God or toward others.
- They went to God for clarification and listened to what God said.
- They remained open to God and His leadership in the midst of adversity.
- They reminded God of what He had said.
God didn’t promise Moses that it would be easy. He doesn’t promise that your life will all go as you think it ought to go, but He is faithful, and reminds us that it is always too soon to give up. He gets us to focus on who He is, rather than on the “problem”. I just returned from Jamaica and the overwhelming theme there is “NO PROBLEM, MON”. A particular lady from Jamaica said, “We don’t have problems here, we only have situations.” As Christians, we don’t have problems or situations…we have opportunities!
I’m glad Moses and the people didn’t focus on Pharaoh or they would have been intimidated. I am glad they did not adopt a feeling of ejected and accused. I’m glad Moses didn’t focus on the problem or he would have seen how impossible it was. He focused on God, prayed to Him, worshipped Him, obeyed Him, honored Him, served Him, loved Him…and as a result, co-operated with the plan of God for His life.
Be careful not to get busy, tired, and frustrated with life – Live His life and find opportunities to let Jesus be seen through you.