“And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.”–Exodus 3:19-20
Obstacles are a common part of the human life. Whether it’s at work, at home, in a sporting competition, or any other venture, obstacles will come. The difference between a successful person and one who fails isn’t the presence of obstacles along their path, but their reaction to those obstacles.
The same is true in the Christian life. We will all face obstacles that threaten to derail us from living for Christ, running our race, and accomplishing the task He has set before us. God knows of these obstacles, and rather than simply removing them, He desires that we would turn to Him to help us overcome them.
Moses faced an obstacle in God’s task for him to lead Israel out of Egypt. As seen in our verses, God foretold Moses that Pharaoh wouldn’t release the Israelites easily. Moses could have seen this obstacle and given up, gone back to sheep-herding, and allowed the obstacle to rule his life. But Moses turned to God and trusted Him for help.
Obstacles will come into your Christian life; it’s a fact you can count on. God doesn’t promise the path He has for you will be easy, but He does promise to help you along the way. The devil is a master at causing Christians to feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and doubtful. Have you ever had the devil jump on your shoulder and begin telling you why you couldn’t accomplish something for God, live a faithful life, or continue along God’s path? Don’t listen to him!
Every faithful Christian has faced obstacles in their Christian life. Whether it was Joseph being thrown into a pit then sold into slavery, Moses having to face the ruler of the land, David being threatened by the king, Daniel being captive in a pagan land, or the disciples facing persecution; every Christian has had their share of battles. Yet the ones who remained faithful were those who allowed God to guide them and trusted Him for help in conquering the obstacles.
What obstacle has come into your life? In what area has the devil been telling you that you cannot be faithful? Rather than listening to the devil’s doubts, believe God’s promise that He will help you overcome the obstacles. Like Moses, allow God to stretch out His hand in your life and do many mighty wonders through you.–Daily in the Word