Episode ThemeImage-Reflecting: Accomplishing a task.
Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Have you ever heard of this Bible verse? "Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Poor Moses. If anyone ever needed to hear that Bible verse, it would have to be him. Here's the scoop: After trying and failing to help the Israelites on his own, Moses ran away. Forty years later, God sent him back to Egypt to lead the Israelite slaves out of slavery in Egypt.
How did it go for Moses? Rotten. After Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh got mad. He ordered that the Israelite slaves do even more work. What did the Israelites do? They complained to Moses. They complained about Moses.
Poor Moses. He was doing what God had sent him to do-talk to Pharaoh. But Moses had seemingly made life even worse for the Israelite slaves. They hated him for coming back. Pharaoh hated him. Everyone hated him.
It's easy to jump ahead in Moses' story. At the end, when Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, they leave with jewelry, animals, money, and clothing. They leave victorious! Moses is hailed as a hero. But what did Moses do in the middle of the story-when everything he did seemed to go wrong?
Moses did it right. When he was afraid, he told God. When he thought there was no hope of changing Pharaoh's mind, he told God. When he was desperately sorry he had come back to Egypt, he told God. Then he trusted in God's reassurance. Moses stood firm. He kept working for God. He didn't give up. He kept doing God's work.
What about you? Are you in the middle of something that's not going well? Tell God. Are you worried? Tell God. Are you crumbling? Tell God. Then use God's strength to stand firm. God will support you. God will keep you strong. Just ask Moses.