Discouragement and Bondage

“Moses reported this to the Isrealites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and bondage.”  Ex 6:9

The “this” that Moses reported to the Isrealites is that God spoke to him.  God said to tell the people that I AM is the Lord, that I AM is in control.  God goes on to say to Moses that he will rescue the people and bring them into the Promised Land once again.  Unfortunately, the Isrealites are too focused on the present to see a different future.
The Catholic priest that we do retreat with from time to time gives a great definition of discouragement: “without faith, without belief.”  In spite of God speaking that day, the Isrealites did not believe that God would rescue them.  Wow, that’s convicting!  How often do You speak and yet I still don’t believe.  Over and over in the Bible you say, “I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.  I am God, I am in control.  I will rescue you”, yet it’s so easy to get caught up in discouragement and bondage.  Talk about two tools of the Evil One, especially today: discouragement and bondage.

Prayer:  Lord, it is so easy to get discouraged.  Often I turn around and I am in bondage and don’t even realize it.  Help me to believe your truth today.  The truth that You are I AM, that You are in control, and You will come to my rescue.  Amen

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