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The Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.” (Exodus 3:7 NKJV)

The people of Israel were held in bondage for many years down in Egypt, but their sorrows were never out of the sight of their God. And what was true for the people of God more than 3,000 years ago is just as true for the people of God today . . . and Christian, that includes you.

When David was under the fiercest attacks from his enemies, he took comfort in knowing that God not only kept track of his sorrows, but also collected his tears (Psalm 56:8). God is intimately involved in the sorrows of His people, to the extent that not a single tear falls to the ground unnoticed or uncollected. Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David said that God records each one of our tears in His book. What an amazing picture! We can rest in the confident assurance that God knows all of our sorrows.

Are you facing any sorrows of Egypt in your personal or professional life today? Remember, it was God who set the time for the deliverance of His people in Egypt. His plan for their exodus out of Egypt was delivered in His time and in His way, and it was delivered to meet them in their deepest place of need. God knows your headaches and your heartaches; He has not left you to fend for yourself. Therefore His Word instructs us to “Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

There are many sorrows in this life. When broken people populate a broken world, sorrows are multiplied. Yet our God knows every sorrow we face, and He is always working His perfect plan to lift us out of it . . . in His perfect time and in His way. We must not question the Author of our Salvation, who is working all things for our good, even when the outward appearance seems to suggest that He is not. God did not forget His people in Egypt centuries ago, and He has not forgotten His people in their own “Egypts” today.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:27 NKJV)

Reading today’s title might cause you to form mental images of Moses, the great deliverer of God’s people, foretelling the plagues on Egypt, leading the Israelites through the Red Sea, or calling on the earth to swallow up Korah and his fellow rebels. But there is a picture of the might of Moses that is often missed, a picture that should strengthen us in our faith today.

The might of Moses is best demonstrated in the way that he forsook Egypt—the power of Egypt, the prestige of Egypt, the prosperity of Egypt, the pleasures of Egypt, and the protection of Egypt—all while he was still living in the land of Egypt in the palace of Pharaoh. How was it possible for Moses to do such a courageous thing? The answer is that Moses feared the King of heaven far more than he feared the king of Egypt. Moses set his faith and his fear on the only One who is truly worthy of our faith and our fear. Moses that knew there is only one God . . . and He most certainly is not an earthly Egyptian king!

The question we must ask ourselves is this: Are we willing to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than enjoy the passing pleasures of sin? (Hebrews 11:25). I have learned from painful experience that it is easy to forsake that which is no longer desirable to us for the sake of Christ, but it is far more difficult to forsake what still attracts our attention. Are we willing, as Moses was, to forsake that which pleases us for that which pleases God? Are we willing to walk away from the sinful pleasures of this life for the supernatural promises of the next?

Remember, when Satan tempted our Lord in the wilderness by offering Him the kingdoms of this world without suffering, Jesus chose the way of His Father, a way marked by suffering and sorrow. To be sure, it is difficult to forsake the things of this life, but it must be done if we are to be like our Savior in this life and the next. And it can be done by the power of the Spirit who lives within us.

In closing, let me add these words from the beloved apostle John, who succinctly presented the type of might—the might of Moses—that you and I are to ask God to give us and sustain in us:

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2: 15-17)

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you. (Joel 2:25)

There is tremendous encouragement to be found in the lesson of the locusts. God will accomplish His purposes in the lives of His people by any means necessary . . . and along the way, He alone can bring restoration and reversal to all that was lost.

The crops that the swarming locusts had eaten were utterly lost, and they paint a proverbial picture of all the losses that God’s people face. When the children of Israel were released from bondage in Egypt, they were but a few days’ journey away from the Promised Land. But because of their rebellion, they lost 38 years and an entire generation while wandering in the desert. The prodigal son, who rebelled against his father and ran off to the far country, lost his time, his talent, and his treasure by choosing to live a life of rebellion.

There are many armies that the Almighty commands, and He uses them to correct us when we willfully wander away from Him. But never forget that, whatever form the Almighty’s army may take, it is never sent to crush us, but always to correct us in love. And in the Almighty’s cosmic correction, we find a word of unimaginable comfort: “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.”

Our great God can reverse the seemingly irreversible and give us great gain in spite of our loss. Jesus is in the business of reversing the seemingly irreversible; as He said, “With man this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

  • He reversed the lost years of Abraham and Sarah without children
  • He reversed the lost years of Moses on the back side of the desert
  • He reversed the lost years of the Samaritan woman at the well
  • He reversed the lost years of Zacchaeus the despised tax collector
  • He reversed the lost years of Saul of Tarsus
  • He reversed the lost years of the paralyzed man at the pool Bethesda

So the question is this: What lost years is our Lord ready to reverse in your life today? The lesson of the locusts should lift our spirits above all that has been lost in our lives, knowing that Jesus is ready, willing, and able to turn every loss into our great gain.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. (Isaiah 65:19)

Let these words from our Lord comfort you in your every affliction, because the day is coming when the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard no more forever. A pastor lives in a world marked by weeping and crying, going from one storm to another with the saints God has entrusted to his care. But the day is coming when every storm shall be stilled. That, beloved, is the promise that is designed to propel us forward through every dark night of the soul.

The promise is as profound as it is personal. A day is coming in the not-so-distant future when we will be carried on the wings of eagles into the presence of our Lord . . . or we will watch in awe when He returns to earth on the clouds of heaven. Either way, we will have received the fulfillment of God’s promise of perfection, and there will be nothing to hinder our joy and fulfillment. We will be with our Lord and we will weep no more, because every desire of the heart will be eternally filled. There will be no more sorrow . . . no more suffering . . . no more storm winds blowing our way. Mourning will be exchanged for rejoicing that will go on forevermore.

Perhaps you find yourself today in the midst of sorrow because of some loss in your life—the loss of a job, the loss of a relationship, the loss of your health, the loss of an opportunity, the loss of a loved one. This is the reality of living in a broken world as broken people. But the time is coming when all that is broken will be made whole. Every tear will be wiped away and every wound healed.

Look to that promise, Christian, and let it strengthen you every step of the way toward the paradise that awaits you. Eye has not seen and ear has not heard the infinite joys that await the saints of God who will one day glory in the eternal presence of Jesus Christ.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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The Lord examines the righteous. (Psalm 11:5)

The Lord examines us—not because He wants to hurt us, but because He loves us. We are precious in His sight, so He will refine us in His fires of affliction so that we come out more pure than when we went in. This is true for all God’s children; none escape His examination.

It is out of a heart of eternal love that our God tries and tests us. There is no other way to experience the removal of the self than through the examinations of the Savior. If Jesus did not love us, He would not examine us; and if we knew just how much He loves us, we would echo David’s cry for His continual examinations:

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind. (Psalm 26:2)

Remember, our Lord does not take us through His examinations so He can gain a deeper understanding of our commitment to Him. Rather, it is so that we will grow in our own awareness of what our hearts beat for and how deep our love is for Him. God knew Abraham’s heart when He asked him to sacrifice Isaac, but Abraham did not fully know his own heart of love for God until he was put to the test. God’s examination ultimately proved to Abraham why he would be known for all eternity as the father of the faith (Romans 4:16).

The examinations we go through are the proving grounds of our faith. It is only when we emerge on the other side of the furnace of affliction that we know how real our faith truly is. We need look no further than the story of Job to see this truth. God allowed Satan to examine Job through unimaginable trials, and what was the result? Job never rejected God’s right to examine him; he trusted God through every trial, even when he could not trace Him in them. And in the end, Job acknowledged that he was a sinner in need of a Savior (Job 42:4-6), and he rejoiced that “My Redeemer lives, and . . . in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25).

Know this: Whatever depth of faith you have today is a result of the examinations you have been given by God in the past. Growth does not happen when we are secure within our zones of comfort. It is when God forces us into those places where we are most uncomfortable that He is conforming us more and more into the image of His beloved Son.

Our Sovereign Lord is working all things for our good (Romans 8:28)—even those things that don’t feel so good at the time.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar. (Psalm 120:5)

When Jesus prayed His high priestly prayer for His people, He did not pray that we would be taken out of this world, but rather that we would be protected from the evil one. We must absorb this truth today: What Jesus did not pray for us, we must never pray for ourselves.

It is wrong to cry “Woe is me” and wish to be received into glory. We have been left here to carry on God’s work in this world, just as our Lord did when He walked the streets of Palestine. We are in this world but not of this world, and we have been called to impact this world for the glory of our God. Jesus sent us into this world to be salt and light, and we are to do everything we can to preserve what good there is in the world around us and to shine the light of His truth and love into every dark place.

Where would you expect to find the doctor except where there are sick in need of his care?  Where would you expect to find the soldier except where a battle is raging? So it is with the saints of God. We are to be found wherever Jesus is needed, and that, beloved, is in every place on this side of the grave. To be sure, we dwell in Meshek and live among the tents of Kedar, for our world is filled with the powers of darkness and the forces of evil. Far too many in this present age scorn the good and embrace evil. But this is the very reason that our Savior prayed for us—not that we would be taken out of this world, but that we would be strengthened within to be ministers to this world.

God did not leave us to expand His kingdom in this world in our own strength. We have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to do all He has called us to do; and when we do that, we are bringing glory to God and eternal good to all those we come in contact with. So if you find yourself weary in your witness, remember that it is wrong to woe when you know your Savior has commanded you to go!

May these words from Paul strengthen you and propel you forward in your ministry of service to God and to a world that desperately needs to know the love of Christ:

I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith.

(Philippians 1:23-25)

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39)

From sleeping in a boat to saving an entire fleet of boats, our Lord Jesus is the Almighty Admiral who protects all those who are His. Make no mistake, it is wise to sail with our Savior, because when the storm winds begin to blow and the waves of challenge begin to wash over us, He will direct us toward the safety of the harbor.

Don’t miss this: When the disciples got into the boat with Jesus, and all the other boats followed along, they were not safe from the storm. A fierce storm raged, even with Jesus by their side. But they were safe IN the storm, as are all the saints of God. Jesus by our side does not keep us from going into storms, but rather He brings us through the storm to the other side. Our Lord does not promise us smooth sailing, but sure arrival at our intended destination.

When the storms swept over that Galilean lake, the disciples were convinced that disaster was soon to follow. “Don’t you care if we drown?” they wailed to the Lord (Mark 4:38). Let that be a lesson to you today! When all hope is lost in the natural, we must shift our focus to the supernatural, because we have Jesus as our Almighty Admiral, and He has promised to stay with us and get us to the other side of every storm we face. Not a single boat in the convoy of the disciples suffered shipwreck that night. Jesus was all they needed for safe passage . . . and He is all we need too.

I’d like to close today’s word of encouragement with a profound biblical truth the disciples and their friends learned that night when a furious squall nearly swamped their boats. This truth can strengthen you in any storm you are facing:

You will never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have!

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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