Need a reminder that God is at work in your life? Read Exodus Chapter 1 and consider these two truths:
- We should never act out of fear.
- Growth can happen in the midst of oppression.
Exodus 1 picks up with the death of Joseph, the reign of a new King who did not know Joseph or believe in Israel’s God. Concerned about the number of Israelites that lived in Egypt, and fearful they would compromise his leadership, Pharoah enslaved the entire nation.
“Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore, they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They build for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. -Exodus 1: 10-11
This reminds us to act from a position of faith rather than fear.
We often respond to situations in life like Pharoah. No, we don’t enslave people, but we become so afraid of a potential outcome that we manipulate the circumstances and people around us to protect ourselves.
But God is bigger than the plans and fear of man. And thank goodness He is!
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. -Exodus 1:12
This verse is a glimmer of hope in a paragraph of despair for the Israelites. In the middle of their pain, God was protecting them and providing for them. He reveals that growth can still happen in the midst of oppression.
A season of oppression can look different for every person. Regardless of your specific situation, this time can feel hopeless, exhausting, and lonely. These are the seasons we are tempted to give up and yet this same season is an opportunity for God to show up. He can thwart the plans of men, do the miraculous, and bring beauty from ashes—and He will.
If you find yourself in a season of physical, emotional, or spiritual oppression, God is on the move. He will bring growth, provision, and protection—you just may not be able to see it yet!
Is there a situation in your life where you are responding out of fear rather than faith that God is in control?
How might your response to uncertain situations look different if you acted out of faith instead of fear?
What ways can you pray and anticipate growth and provision in the middle of your oppression?