Oh To Be Wise Meditations
Bricks without straw. You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. Said the Pharaoh to the taskmasters of the people of Israel and their foremen. Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies. Moses and Aaron were reasoning with Pharaoh about letting the people of Israel go free and worship their God. That is just like the devil in our lives, where Jesus calls us to leave our sinful life behind and follow him. But we are enslaved to evil desires and the enemy has us comfortable enough in our misery. He tries to distract us from the freedom the Living Word Himself offers us. He begins to remove the straw that helps us cope with our sufferings. Having to work harder and harder to enjoy the pleasures of this world and find satisfaction. Relaxation turns into addiction, freedom turns into bondage, and folly turns into destruction. Jesus has already won the victory over the enemy. He has already opened the Red Sea for us offering us new life and direction. Though sin in your life has become like bricks without straw, it is the perfect time for God to be the source of your strength. For he sends his grace to us to be enough, and his mercy to give us everlasting hope. In your strongest of temptations is where God power is truly revealed. Things will get harder before they get better. But that is a sign that the enemy is losing grip on the enslaved soul. Rejoice in your suffering, your redemption is nigh! Yes, rejoice in your confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. These burdens that feel like bricks can be lifted through a close and personal relationship with Jesus. Moses chose to be mistreated with God's people instead of having the good time that sin could bring for a little while. In the same way Jesus gave his life for humanity, no one forced him He gave it willingly. And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.
Study Ex. 5:9