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Exodus 6:6,9 (NIV)

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment…” Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.

By the time Moses reported God’s promise of deliverance to the Israelites in Egypt, they had been enslaved for approximately 400 years.  The generation he had come to reach had been born slaves, just as their parents had, and their parents before them. It was inconceivable to them that they would ever be anything else. As far as they were concerned, they would die in slavery and there was nothing this fugitive murderer could say that would change this fact.

I have behaved like the Israelites in this passage.  I have been unable to experience the Holy Spirit’s comfort because I was too focused on my situation.  I have ignored God’s encouragement because I felt so hopeless over my circumstances.

I don’t know where you are, how you got there, for what reason you are there, or how long God intends to keep you there.  But I do know this; God does not leave us alone in the hard places.  If He has spoken a message of hope to you in his word or through another, will you allow yourself to receive it?  Will you allow to hope despite your “discouragement and curel bondage?”

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