Life doesn’t get easy, just because we’re Christ’s – In fact – that may be when it starts to really heat up!
Today’s Readings Feb. #2 : Matt. 11:1-19; Acts 16:1-15; Psalm 25; Ex. 4-6
Many are the trials and temptations of the godly. As our narrative in Exodus unfolds, we see right out of the gate that obedience to God does not automatically bring ease. In fact, when we first endeavor to follow Him is when we often begin to encounter some very perplexing difficulties for the first time. Worlds are colliding. We are being wrenched from one realm and thrust into another. A sort of cosmic paroxysm ensues. Paul will affirm to Timothy millennia later:“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (2 Tim. 3:12) So it is Scripture constantly affirms a principle set out for the first time on the pages of Holy writ in Ex. 6:7 “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’ A principle aimed at keeping us from losing heart when our very obedience to Christ and His Word brings us into hardship, confusion, perplexity and sorrow: God has a plan. And He did not deliver you, just to let things fall apart. He brought you out of the world, in order that He may bring you into the glories of His own presence. Just as the Israelites needed to be reminded at this critical juncture that as surely as He would bring them out from Egypt, He would take them into Canaan – So Christ has delivered you from the bondage and condemnation of sin, that he might bring you into Heaven itself. That is His plan. It has been all along. And He not only will not fail, beloved He CANNOT fail.