Exodus 5

Exodus 5:1-23

SUMMARY: No straw

OVERVIEWPharaoh punishes the Israelites for requesting to leave by requiring them to meet their bricks’ quota without Egypt providing the necessary supplies.

BIG IDEAGod always provides at the right time.

KEY VERSEExodus 6:1 (God to Moses)
Then the Lord told Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. When he feels the force of my strong hand, he will let the people go. In fact, he will force them to leave his land!”

Pain and discomfort do not mean indifference on my part. I will use all things to mold and shape you and others into the image of Jesus and bring me glory. My purpose may not always be clear to you, but I am in control. Regardless of your circumstance, nothing has changed. I will always be with you, and I am eager to give you the strength to persevere through every situation. I will never leave you.

When I call you into service, everyone will not applaud. Some will discourage you or seek to stop you. Others will ignore your fine effort. Keep your eyes on me and the big picture of what I want to do in your life. And learn from your experience so that you can encourage and equip others. Hope is contagious. Receive it from me and spread it to others in abundant and creative ways.

Evaluate the “no” responses you have gotten in life. Are they ones to accept, or should you push back? Pray to God and ask friends for some feedback. Evaluate the “no” responses you have given in life. Are there any you need to apologize for?