What’s distracting you in this season? When God reunited Moses with his brother Aaron (Exodus 4:14), both went to Egypt and shared a message of hope with their fellow Hebrews and elders. They shared how God responded to their cries by commissioning Moses to help them, per the Lord’s will (Exodus 4:29).
Nonetheless, instead of swaying Pharaoh to let the Israelites go into the desert, for three days, to worship and offer sacrifices to The Lord—Moses’ and Aaron’s interference made the day-to-day labor worse for the Hebrews.
In Exodus 5:9 NIV Pharaoh sent word saying, “Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” So, he kept their minds focused on the wrong thing to keep them from God’s truth and promises.
This intervention made an already hostile environment even more aggressive. Pharaoh called them lazy. He then required the Hebrews to find their own straw to make their bricks. Their quota remained the same. In turn, they suffered more when they failed to meet the new outlandish requirements.
The extra harsh work policy was enforced for the sole purpose of discouraging God’s chosen from pondering upon what The Lord had to say to them. Pharaoh didn’t want them to hear, intercept, or meditate on this truth.
In Exodus 6:6-9 NIV it says, “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.” 9 Moses reported this to the Israelites but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.
Do you see what the Lord promised and how they responded to Moses? They straight up ignored him. Their response reflected their distraction, pain, and discouragement.
I’m sure all Pharaoh was concerned about were the goals of the Egyptian economy. If the numerous Hebrew people were to leave Egypt, the country would instantly be crippled and helpless. Hence, Pharaoh wasn’t trying to entertain anything their Lord and God had to say, and he didn’t want any of the Hebrew slaves to hear it either.
It’s time to re-prioritize your life! live life on purpose.
God sent, His Son, Jesus to free us from the yoke of everything that enslaved and enslaves us. But, Satan is using various distraction strategies to keep us from knowing what God has already done for us.
When God is positioning us to bring about His plan in our lives, the enemy works much harder to keep us too busy, discouraged, distracted, and hidden from truth. He will do whatever it takes to keep you believing that God’s way is full of misery and boredom, or that there is nothing God wants to do for you.
So, we chase after things that appear to feel and seem right, yet this perception is keeping us far away from hearing the word God is attempting to speak to our heart.
The Hebrews got angry with Moses for making their lives tougher. Their irritation with him and the extra workload made it impossible to hear anything else.
You may be going through a challenging moment now. Whether you’re overwhelmed in your work, marriage, business, relationships, school, or your health. Since God knows the end from the beginning. He wants to get this message to you today.
It’s vital for you to realize when you experience feelings of spiritual fatigue, depression, confusion, discouragement, anger, doubt, or fear—that the enemy of your soul is deliberately trying to keep you from walking by faith and hearing God.
God is not a God of confusion. He has no need to keep your life hectic and distracted. That’s not a part of His plan nor is that His character.
He’s God and He doesn’t need to resort to tricky maneuvers like this. In order to deal with distractions and problems we must first identify its source.
Reflect on God’s promises and see how they line up with your goals and desires.
Keep your focus on the vision you are standing in faith for. When you operate by faith the distractions are guaranteed to come. But, focus on the result.
Soul Note: Make a list of what may be interfering with your forward progression. Then take responsibility for your part in it. Remember you always have a choice. You decide whether to continue being distracted and discouraged. Do the soul work.
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