Sometimes things don’t make sense in life. We can go through hard times and not understand why. We can also see other people suffer and wonder why. This is especially true if you are an Evangelist for Christ. This is generally when you first start your journey in God’s harvest, but there can also be droughts at different times as well that make you question things. These types of thoughts can get a person to question God and ask Him why He isn’t showing Himself to them and the people they are witnessing to. However, this type of questioning isn’t all wrong, as it helps God know that you are waiting on Him. What is wrong is when we doubt ourselves instead of allowing God to mold us and shape us into the person He wants us to be. Only then will we bear much fruit in God’s harvest. In saying this, Moses also experienced these same sort of trials in his faith journey. When he was sent to go back to Egypt, in order to free the Israelite people from the bondage of the Egyptians, he was left wondering why God allowed His people to suffer. Upon meeting the Pharaoh and asking him to let his people go, he didn’t only say no but put more burdens upon God’s people. It even got to the point that they would 1“cry, saying, Let us go and sacrifice to our God.” (Exodus 5:8) However, there words were vain words to the taskmasters, of which put more burdens upon them because of this. So as slaves, they were put to work in the heat of the day, in order to build and make bricks. This they did as they were beaten, if their tasks were not done on time. Moses and Aaron saw this and it hurt them inside.
It was when Moses saw his people suffer that he 1“returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.” (Exodus 5:22,23) He wanted answers, especially because his people were suffering. Now, please know that these same thoughts can come into our minds as well. When we see people suffer or are lost in this world, it pains to the core. As believers, we want others to experience the same joy. We don’t wish anyone to go through life in pain, but be joyful in the Lord. Now, when it comes to those that are lost, because of their sins, we pray for them that they may turn from their wickedness and darkness that they are in. We come to God and ask for His hand to open their eyes. And if we are all in, then we will ask God to use us in spreading His love to everyone we meet. Now, time will pass, for some people in the harvest, who will eventually question things and leave that ministry behind. Why is this? It is most likely because their motivation was lacking or they found other things to do, of which was more enjoyable. On that note, I will say that nothing is more joyful then serving the Lord. I know that people will reject God’s message, but I know that some will listen and turn from their sins. Having been evangelizing for about four years now I have learned to just trust in God at all times. Like Moses, I question God and He answers me. In this do I seek God and am led by His hand.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will continue to trust in You in the good times and hard times. I know that living a life of faith is not always easy, but always worth it. No matter the cost, am I more joyful when I believe in You than not. There is peace and no more sorrow . There is joy and no more shame. I am no longer burdened because of sin, but lifted up in Your righteousness. This is the good life, Lord, and I love every minute of being with You in Your presence. I am especially glad to be an Evangelist in Your harvest. No matter if only one person hears the gospel and I never find out, I am happy to be out there for You. Over these years, You have molded me and shaped me into the person I am today, in order for me to better serve You and reach more people for Your glory. Even my weaknesses have become my strengths, because I’ve simply obeyed Your words. I may not be good at these same things without You in my life, but with You, I can do all things. With Your strength I am lifted up and can do miracles in Your great Name. But the greatest miracle of all is to open my mouth and to have Your words flow through me. In these moments, not only are people convicted of their sins and drawn to You by the Spirit of God, but my faith is strengthened. I love to be used by You and love every day that I can share my testimony of You and what You did for us on the cross. Thank You Jesus. I am so grateful to be Your servant. I love You Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Exodus 5 (KJV)
1 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.
3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
6 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.
10 And the taskmasters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw.
11 Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished.
12 So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw.
13 And the taskmasters hasted them, saying, Fulfil your works, your daily tasks, as when there was straw.
14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore?
15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord.
18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.
20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
21 And they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
22 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.