Have you ever gone through a difficult season where you feel trapped & discouraged ? It is a season where it seems as though there is no way that the situation can improve.
You believed that your faith was going to make a difference; that God was going to come through for you & that things were going to change & change quickly.
But your hopes quickly came to nothing.
Things got worse rather then better. The old feelings of being trapped & feeling desperately discouraged returned.
You gave up.
You gave in.
You passively accept that this is going to be your new normal.
Your head & your heart live questions such as:
- Where is God in all this?
- How do I connect with Him?
- Is there any point?
A Parable From Exodus
In Exodus 6 we find the Hebrew people in exactly that situation. The children of Israel were in bondage & discouraged. They stopped listening, stopped believing , stopped hoping, stopped moving forward.
Just two chapters back we read that the people were convinced that the Lord had sent Moses & Aaron.
They believed that God was concerned about them & had seen their misery.
They bowed down & worshiped. They were inspired to believe Moses & chose to trust him.
But before things got better things got worse.
Pharaoh oppressed them. Their already difficult lives became even harder.
- The Hebrews stop listening to Moses
- They stopped trusting God
- They lost all hope
- They gave up.
- Began to doubt that God had called him.
- Felt discouragement at every turn
- He complained & whined
- He asked: ‘Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people?’
- He cried out: ‘God, why did You send me here?’
Moses didn’t give in to the doubt, discouragement or the pressures of the situation.
- He didn’t just pack his bags & return to Midian.
- He didn’t go back to the comfort of Home & Family.
- Kept hoping
- Kept believing
- Kept moving forward.
Moses Didn’t Quit!
- What Made The Difference?
Moses & The Meeting Place
Moses took a tent & set it up some distance from the camp. Everyone who wanted to ask the Lord for something would go to the tent outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent all the people would get up & stand in the entrances of their tents & watch until Moses disappeared inside.
Inside the tent, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face as one speaks to a friend.
Afterward Moses would return to the camp. He would tell the people what God had said.
The answer to why Moses never quit is found in relationship.
Moses had learned to have two-way conversations with God.
Both Talked–Both Listened
It Was A Relationship
The Hebrews got discouraged & quit. They knew about God but they didn’t know God.
They had the opportunity to go to the tent for themselves.
They had the opportunity to meet with God face to face.
They chose to have a second hand experience with the Lord.
They Chose Religion Not Relationship.
Our Meeting Place
God still speaks in many ways & at many times during our day. Music, images, nature, books, podcasts & blogs are all common vehicles He uses to speak to us.
The primary Meeting Place has always been & will always be the Word of God.
As we come apart to read, meditate on & pray Scripture, logos becomes rhema.
- The Word– one verse at a time
- We ask; What are You saying to me?’
- We record our impressions.
Step 1: Pitch a tent in your backyard. You do need a Meeting Place. On second thought a new notebook & pen would work equally well.
Step 2: Copy this verse into your notebook.
Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away.
He called it the tent of meeting.
Anyone wanting to talk to God about something could go to the tent & meet with Him.
Step 3: What do you say to Him?
Step 4: Pause & listen for His voice . What does He say to you? WRITE it down on the walls of your tent- your Meeting Place.
Step 5: Share your experience with a trusted friend. I’d love to hear what happened for you. Write a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .