{Is God Playing Games With You?}

Today we have a guest post from {Elevate Your Mind}. To read more devotionals click {here}.

Have you ever stopped and looked around at your life, with all its difficult circumstances, and said, “I just don’t get it, God.”?

Have you ever followed what you thought was the leading of God in a certain area of your life only to look around and see ‘nothing’?

Have you ever questioned, “Was this God, or was this me?”

My friend, if that’s you, I encourage you to read through the story of the children of Israel (Exodus 3-12). God chooses Moses to lead His people out of Egypt where they had been enslaved for over 400 years. Moses gives God every possible excuse as to why he is not able to do the task.

“But who am I to appear before Pharaoh?” Moses asked God.

“How can you expect me to lead the Israelites out of Egypt?”

(Exodus 3:11)

God sends Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go. How about that for job? Talk about stepping out of your comfort zone!

Oh, and by the way, Moses. When you go to the Pharaoh to make your request, he’s not going to let you go. But do it anyway. It’s all going to work out, and you’re going to be loaded with gifts so you won’t leave empty imagehanded. Go ahead now, Moses. Run along.

Seriously, how’s that for a pep talk?

Moses managed to find the courage (which I know was from God) to do just as God had asked. Here’s the thing. Just like God said, Pharaoh’s heart would harden and he would deny Moses the request. Instead of freeing God’s people, Pharaoh increased their labor.

Ever felt that way?

Hey God, how did we get here? You said this would happen and instead things are getting worse. What’s going on here?

God’s people cried out to Him and He heard their cry…

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: I am the Lord, and I will free you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with mighty power and great acts of judgment. I will make you my own special people, and I will be your God. And you will know that I am the Lord your God who has rescued you from your slavery in Egypt. I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I t will be your very own property. I am the Lord!”

(Exodus 6:6-8)

The plagues came, one by one, yet Pharaoh would not change his mind.

1. All the water turned to blood, the people were without water.

2. Frogs completely overtake the land.

3. Swarm of gnats cover the land.

4. Swarm of flies cover the land.

5. All the Egyptian livestock die.

6. Boils break out over everyone in Egypt.

7. Hailstorms kill persons and animals left outside. Ruin almost all plants.

8. Locusts devour whatever was leftover after the hail.

9. Darkness covers Egypt.

10. The first born of every Egyptian (including first-born cattle) die.

I don’t know about you, but if I was Moses, I would be quite discouraged that I had to keep going to Pharaoh and still see nothing happening. Was God playing with the people of Israel?

Is God playing with your feelings? Is He causing you to think that things are going to change only to leave you in the same bondage? If God was a loving God, why would he put you through this misery? If He loved you- then why all this?

“…I have made him [Pharaoh] and his officials stubborn so I can display my power by performing miraculous signs among them. You will be able to tell wonderful stories to your children and grandchildren about the marvelous things I am doing among the Egyptians to prove that I am the Lord.”

(Exodus 10:1-2)

My friend, I encourage you to go back to the place where God spoke to you. I encourage you to go back to that place where you felt the leading of the Lord. Life can be hard. Situations, circumstances, and even ‘waiting on the Lord’ can be difficult. It’s not easy to hold onto a word of faith when nothing you do seems to produce any change. It’s not easy to wake up every morning and keep walking up to the Pharaoh in your life, demanding release from slavery, only to see your burden increase.

But friend, know that your trouble is not in vain. God has not left you. He has not forsaken you. He never will (Deut. 31:6). Know that while Pharaoh is increasing the burden, God is working out an amazing plan. God is not sitting on the sidelines watching your demise. He is not leaving you out there to fight this giant by yourself.

God is using these “opportunities to do even more mighty miracles” in your life. Just like He did with the children of Israel, God will use these circumstances to show a distinction between the enemy and God’s people (Exodus 11:7, Exodus 11:9).

In the end, Pharaoh had to recognize the power of the God of the Israelites. He had no choice but to let God’s people go.

So it is with the enemy in your life. “Resist the enemy and he will flee,”(James 4:7). If you will just hold on to the promises of God over your life; If you would just believe that God is good and that He is good over your life; If you would just declare God’s faithfulness in the middle of your testing….

I assure you- you too will see the deliverance of the Lord!

“…The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So, like a victorious army, they plundered the Egyptians! ….The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years. In fact it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the Lord’s forces left the land. This night had been reserved by the Lord to bring his people out from the land of Egypt…”

(Exodus 12:36, 40-42)

* verses taken from the New Living Translation (Life Application Study Bible).


Posted on February 28, 2012, in DAILY LIFE, DEVOTIONALS, LIFE, LIFE LESSONS, SPIRITUAL GROWTH and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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