What If Your Trial Is Showing Others How Powerful Your God Is?
Exodus 3:9-14 says, "Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."
Moses was commanded by God to get the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses, as most of us would be, was wondering why him? How would he do this? God assured him that He would be with Him for He is the great I AM.
As we read through each chapter and stop at chapter 17 we see, not only the trials Moses and the Israelites endured, but the many ways God showed Himself through those trials.
God turns Moses' rod into a serpent and causes his hand to become leprous to prove to Moses that He was not only powerful but able to help him deliver the Israelites from Pharaoh. (Exodus Chapter 4)
Throughout the next few chapters we read about the plagues. Moses goes before Pharaoh and asks him to let the people go but the bible says that Pharaoh hardened his heart and then a few verse over it says God hardened Pharaohs heart. The river turns to blood, frogs invade, lice hits, flies come to town, cattle is killed, painful boils pop up on everyone's body, hail destroys the crops, locusts further destroy the crops, darkness covers Egypt, and finally, all of the firstborn Egyptian children are killed. Throughout all of this, the Israelites were not affected by the plagues.
Pharaoh was finally fed-up and tells them to get out. Before they leave Egypt, God instructs every man to kill a lamb without blemish of the first year (Exodus 12:5) and keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month and then they were to kill it and eat it. They were also commanded to take the blood and wipe it on the top and sides of their doorposts.
Exodus 12:5-7 says, "Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it."
The Passover was a prophetic reference to our sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ, coming to die on the cross to save us from our sins.
The Passover is completed and the Egyptians wake up to their firstborn children dead. The Israelites leave Egypt.
Exodus 13:3-5 says, "And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. This day came ye out in the month Abib. And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month."
The Lord went before the Israelites in a pillar of cloud by the day and a pillar of fire by night. By chapter 14 the Lord speaks to Moses and tells them that the Egyptians are coming after them. The people get mad at Moses because they fear they are going to die in the wilderness and they began to doubt him.
Exodus 14:13 says, "And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever."
We read the rest of chapter 14 and see God split the red sea for the Israelites and the people walk through on dry ground. God's people get through and the waters come back together killing the Egyptians who were chasing the Israelites.
But the trials were not over by a long shot. Moses ends up leading God's people through the wilderness for forty years before they inhabited the land of Canaan. Throughout this time, they grumbled at Moses and did not trust that he could get them through yet, time and time again, God showed His power through each trial and used Moses greatly.
What does this have to do with us modern-day?
I am not a toxic-positivity-spewing Christian. Life is not easy nor were we ever promised an easy life. Is there so much to be joyful about and thankful for? Yes! We are commanded to be thankful and to tap into true joy which is found in Jesus Christ.
But sometimes our trials don't end for a very long time. When you read about Joseph, Esther, Paul, and Moses (to name a few) and the trials they endured, you see how it wasn't an instant fix. We are an instant-gratification society that get's impatient if our problems aren't immediately resolved. God says to wait on Him and to trust Him.
Perhaps He keeps us in a trial to not only change our hearts but to show the world how powerful He is?
Maybe your trial is not solely for you but for others too. Life can be so painful that it is crippling. Disease, loss, death, and despair are evident in our world and it can hurt us to our core.
It may seem as if no good can come out of our trials and the painful seasons we walk through but God has a way of swooping in on us in our desperate moments to not only give us the strength to move forward, but to use our pain as a way to show others that He is the great I AM.
He is able to part our red sea.
He is able to deliver us from evil.
He is able to protect us from harm.
He is able, friend.