Down But Not Out
Exodus 1: 12 (NLT)
But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became.
When Pharaoh came into power he made a plan to keep the Israelites from growing; so they were made slaves to keep them in bondage for over 400 years. The Egyptians appointed brutal slave drivers over the Israelites, hoping to wear them down (v. 11). But verse 12 says, the more they were oppressed, the more they grew.
Satan attempts to do the same to us. He does not want to see us grow and obtain the promises God has for us. He wants to wear us down, so he puts people, places and things in our way to distract us and keep us a slave to the things of this world. But we need to be more like the Israelites. When we are in distress, afflicted and feeling defeated, that does not give us the green light to stop growing and stop producing. That is our queue to produce even more and recognize an opportunity for growth!
The Israelites were God’s chosen people. The Bible says that he heard their cries and he came to rescue them (Exodus 3:7). Our hope is in Christ. We were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). So the next time you begin to feel oppressed or defeated, look at it as an opportunity to grow. Put the enemy on alert that you are more than a conqueror.
Heavenly Father, you are so gracious and merciful. Thank you for this opportunity to look more closely at your Word. Help me not to become distracted by the things of this world and fall into the trap of the enemy who wants to enslave me. Your Word says when the enemy comes in life a flood you will raise up a standard against him. When my world starts to feel heavy and I begin to feel trapped by the things in my life, lead me into growth. Show me where I can produce and be fruitful for your glory. Remove all distractions, seen and unseen. Close doors in advance that are not your will for me to go in and create opportunity right now for open doors that no man can shut. Forgive me for becoming bitter when you have created me to be better. Thank you in advance for what you have in store for me. In Jesus Name, Amen.