Lesson 7: God Helps Us With Both Battles

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Scripture Reading: Exodus 6

How well do you do on the “Wednesdays” of your life?  The way you handle those “hump days” could very well determine what happens with the rest of your week―and the rest of your life!

Maybe it’s a marriage that you were really thrilled about jumping into at first, but then starts getting hard.  Or maybe it’s a baby you’ve looked forward to having and then it finally comes―along with the dirty diapers,  the crying and the sleepless nights.  Or maybe it’s a Bible study you couldn’t wait to start, but then begins to lag and just isn’t “speaking to you” anymore.  Whatever it is, a “Wednesday” is anything that makes you feel like you just want to throw in the towel and give in.

Moses was definitely having a “Wednesday” in Exodus chapter 6, and the lesson God gave him for how to get through it is a good one for us, too.

Moses had done exactly what God told him to do, asking Pharaoh to “Let my people go.”  But Pharaoh said, “No,” and increased the people’s work.

Now Moses was fighting a battle in his flesh and a battle in his faith.  We find out, in Exodus chapter 6, when Moses returns to the Lord, that God is still with him, ready and willing to help Moses fight both battles. Regarding the battle of the flesh, God says He will help Moses by using His “mighty hand”:

“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country’ ” (Exodus 6:1) 

Regarding the battle of the faith, God tells Moses three things:

1)  God reminds Moses that this was His idea, His plan, His covenant (verses 2-5);

2)  God reminds Moses that He will be with Moses, that Moses isn’t fighting alone (verse 6);

3)  God reminds Moses what the outcome will be, what the future holds (verses 7-8).

When you’re in the middle of your own battles, be sure to return to the Lord.  Let Him speak to you, remind you, reassure you that you’re on the right path.  If you’re not, He’ll let you know.  But if you are, let Him reassure you that that this is His idea, that He is with you and that He has a plan for your future.  These reminders can give you the faith you need to make another push in your flesh, to go another round, to keep moving forward till “Friday” comes.

I had a dream one night where God spoke clearly to me about preaching on the Internet.  Even though I thought it would be financially impossible, I saw in the dream an envelope wrapped in a “net”―something that looked like one of those red woven sacks in which they sell grapefruit.  There were a few dollars in the envelope and a note saying that the bill had already been paid.  I wasn’t to worry about the money, but to just keep preaching on the “net.”

What did I do when I woke up?  I worried about the money!  Over time, whenever I “returned to the Lord,” He reminded me that this was His idea, that He was with me, and that He had a plan for my future.

Because I returned to Him so many times to get this reminder, I finally took a red mesh grapefruit bag and put it in my bill drawer.  Every time I’d worry about the money, I’d open that drawer, see the “net” and immediately sense the peace of God.  There was nothing magical about the bag―it was simply a visual reminder of the promises God had made to me―but it helped me get through more than a few of my own “Wednesdays.”

Don’t let “Wednesdays” get you down.  Don’t let the rest of your week drop; don’t let the rest of your marriage or job or children drop; don’t let the rest of your life drop.  Return to the Lord.  He’ll help you fight both battles.  Remember:  Friday’s coming!

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