There he was.
Standing in front of the guy in charge.
God had called him. Called him to this moment.
He hadn’t arrived at this moment easily.
As a matter of fact, he’d spent some time arguing with God about the whole thing!
Why me? I’m not good enough. I’m not qualified. Are you sure about this??
But God was sure He’d picked the right person, so… there He was.
His request was made known. He’d done everything God told Him to do and to say.
He was ready to move forward.
He just knew God was going make a way. This should be pretty straight forward, right? Easy…
Except, his request was denied.
After all that, Moses finally stood before Pharaoh and said, “Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go… And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”
God did say it might take some convincing… some signs and wonders should do it.
But not only did he continue hearing “No” from Pharaoh, the taskmasters were commanded to be harder on the Israelites and the Israelites weren’t too happy about it.
Maybe it really wasn’t the will of God that the Children of Israel be freed from slavery in Egypt. Half the time, they weren’t even acting like they wanted to be free.
Well, we all know how the story ends, but what if Moses thought, that’s a no. It must not be the will of God. Pharaoh keeps saying no, and he’s making it harder on the Children of Israel, and they’re blaming me for it!
At one point, Moses does ask God, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”
Today on the podcast, we’re talking about what happens when things don’t go as planned or the way we thought they would. What happens when we hit a wall, or get a no?
What do we do when it’s hard?
When It’s Hard
Have you ever watched someone who was ready to tackle the world on Monday, and on Wednesday decide it must not be the will of God because everything didn’t fall perfectly into place? Because it wasn’t easy?
Have you ever been that person? Be honest now! =)
It may sound silly when I say it like that, but I have to admit that I’ve wrestled with this mentality before. Is it suppose to be hard?? Well, more often than not, things are hard!
I think we’re too often unknowingly influenced by flawed ideas promoted in our culture or even in the church.
Like the idea that living for God and being in His will means everything is going to be easy and wonderful, with no resistance or difficulties…
I say it like that, and you and I both reject the idea. We know better, right?
And yet, sometimes we hit a wall or face a giant and wonder if we made a wrong turn somewhere. After all, why would there be a wall here? Right in the middle of God’s will?
Well, this may surprise you, but there are a lot of good reasons you might be facing a wall.
Just think about the story of Moses I just shared.
He received no, after no, after no… seems like a hitting a huge wall, right? Then you realize, God was hardening Pharaoh’s heart. He wanted Him to say no for some reason. He wanted Pharaoh to resist, and He wanted Moses to persist.
He was teaching the Moses and the Israelites some things. He was making His power known in the earth. God had a purpose.
Sometimes we look at the wall and think this must not be the will of God. But what if God asking you to climb over it? To persist! What if there are some things that come with the wall-climbing experience that you can’t get anywhere else? What if it will teach you something? Build something in you? Or be an example to someone else?
When it gets hard, we have two choices. We can turn around, abandon the cause, the fight, the dream, or we can press in. Be persistent. We can acknowledge the fact that things aren’t always easy. And some things are worth fighting for!
Don’t automatically assume hard or difficult equals stop.
We’ve talked about Moses’ example, but look at the New Testament. When have things ever been easy for the church?
When has the enemy ever stepped back and said, “Go ahead! Change your world for Jesus!” That hasn’t happened and it never will.
Beyond that, when has God said, “Please, take the easiest path with no struggle, nothing to learn here. No reason to grow or change. What’s this potter’s wheel they sang of on Sunday, anyway??”
Yeah, you won’t hear that either. =)
But what I do recall is a heads up that trials and tribulations will come.
Things will get hard.
It won’t all be easy-going, but God promised be our strength, to work things for the good of those who are called according to His purpose. He’ll never leave us or forsake us. He’ll even fight for us! Which means we will be up against some fights.
Just look at all the Church was up against in the in New Testament! In Acts 4, we find Peter and John being threatened for preaching about Jesus. They were commanded not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.
Afterwards, we find them praying with others about it.
God, you see the way they threatened us…
At this point, I’d probably be looking for a plan B. Shake the dust off your feet and find a new city? Sounds good to me! Ha!
Instead, we find them praying that God would give them boldness to continue to speak His Word.
And there are more examples throughout the New Testament and early church history.
It wasn’t easy, but they didn’t stop. The Gospel still had to reach the world, the orphan and widow still had to be cared for, the hungry still had to be fed.
Over and over the Church has been victorious, but they were victorious in the middle of, and in spite of, the darkest of times.
Difficulties, persecution, tribulations…
Why should we think we’re any different?
That’s the Church we’re a part of, right??
A church that knows how to persevere when it’s hard and come out victorious!
If God calls us to Kingdom-impacting works, we can’t let the hard times stop us.
Now, a quick disclaimer… yes, it’s important to use wisdom and seek counsel, because there will be times that God closes a door.
If we’re wondering, we should ask ourselves, is this really a closed door from God? Is this Him saying no or wait?
Or is this a challenge that needs to be overcome? Is this a calling I need to fight for? Is this the enemy trying to stop me from advancing God’s Kingdom?
Don’t be quick to give up on your God-given callings!
Be a David who looks at the giant and says, “Is there not a cause?”
Some things are worth fighting for, and we need more people who are willing engage in the fight. People who are willing to go all in, and stay all in when things get difficult.
Be a Moses, or a Peter and John, and when it’s hard, choose trust Him and trust the process. Pray for boldness, confidence, and wisdom moving forward.
Know that even the hard moments have a purpose.
Thank you to all who have given to support our adoption this month! It’s been our cause-of-the-month for October.
Our adoption journey has definitely been one area where things have been hard at times, but we knew we couldn’t give up or abandon our calling.
In this last episode of the month, you have another chance to give by buying a puzzle piece. You can find out more at brittaniscott.com/adopt.