“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
The nation of Israel had migrated to Egypt where long after the patriarch Joseph had long passed on, there was a generation of new rulers who had come about without any attachment to his past role in their once liberation from famine. Then one day Moses, “ went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand” (Exodus 2: 11-12).
Things didn’t work out as he desired. For when Pharaoh heard of the news, “he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well” (vv 15). A door had been slammed right in the face of Moses, with his hopes of mounting a quick liberation all vanished.
This experience of Moses when one has a particular desire to achieve something is not unique. There are many episodes in the lives of Believers in Christ when they feel a certain urge to achieve something. This might be a job situation. There could be acquisition of a precious object, like land. It might be a matter of travel to somewhere. Or perhaps it is offering a marriage proposal expecting a positive reciprocal affirmation. Then the door is slammed.
Such a denial may leave one confused and upset, perhaps angry with God. These emotions are only natural, except that, it doesn’t mean God has forgotten or abandoned one. For in Moses’s case after a period of forty years, finally, the Lord reveals Himself in the wilderness. He roused Moses with a message, “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey” (vv 16-17). And the rest is history.
As in Moses’s case a door closed does not mean it is shut forever. There are cases where God is pointing you to yet another opportunity down the road. Sometimes it means to wait, for down the road, you will find the door wide open, in the most spectacular way.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as a new day dawns, where I find a door closed, I start with a fresh hope, for I know where one door is closed, lies another opening; so Lord I pray you give me the patience to wait on you with hope, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!