They were on the brink of freedom.

Their deliverer was standing in front of them, talking to them.

Their descendants had been enslaved in Egypt for multiple generations for 400+ years.

God had heard Israel’s cries and He had prepared and sent Moses to rescue them. But their pain was so unbearable, that something tragic took place…

“So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.”

— Exodus 6:9 NLT —

We’ve covered the topic of pain a lot in recent posts, so maybe there’s a reason. Maybe God is trying to speak to us on that topic.

Pain is valuable because it alerts us to the fact that something is wrong. If we couldn’t sense pain, we would have all burned our hands off on the hot stove years ago!

When we feel pain, we must respond appropriately to it. Unfortunately, if we let it, pain can become so unbearable that our last resort is to buckle under its pressure and allow it to drown out any hope of change.

That’s where Israel found themselves. They were so beaten up, so discouraged, and had lost so much of their vision, that they couldn’t hear God speak when He sent Moses to them.

Don’t let the pain in your life drown out God’s promises for your life.

He’s listening. He’s present. He cares. And if you’ll listen through the pain and chaos, He will speak.


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