As God had foretold, Pharaoh refuses Moses’ request to let the Israelites leave Egypt and instead makes life increasingly difficult for them. The Israelites turn on Moses and Aaron saying, “Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants” (Exodus 5:21).
Similarly, God warns us that obeying Jesus’ command to preach His gospel (Matthew 28:19-20) will not be easy: “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:10). Pastor Kevin reminds us that God is working out His perfect purposes according to His perfect timing and uses even persecution to grow our faith and to spread the gospel. We must trust Him, even more today as we watch global leaders attempt to shut down the church’s influence in the world. May we not be like the feckless Israelites but instead cling to God’s promises of eternity with Him, knowing that “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (1 Corinthians 3:17).