Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” – Exodus 14:11-12
We are about to learn something about ourselves by the way these Jews are acting. How many Christians give their life to Christ, sign up for church membership, and then pastors begin to disciple and teach them what carrying a cross in this world means and many do the same thing as these Jews and say, “Wouldn’t it have been better just to stay in slavery back in the world? This is hard. This is a trial. I’m losing my friends. I’m ridiculed at work. I’m scoffed at and mocked. I’m left out at school. I eat alone in the lunchroom. Would it not have been better just to stay in the world?” That’s what the Israelites said.
But, there is an encouraging side to this. God still delivered them – even after all the lack of faith, the grumbling, the griping, the moaning, and the worldly faithlessness. So there is hope for you! There is hope for you, grumbler. There is hope for you, griper. There is hope for you, complainer. The pastor shows you what the word of God says and you cry, “Oh no, I don’t know about that.” Grow up! Be a man! Stand on something! Believe something! March for something! Make your life count for something! Anybody can go to Egypt and march lock-step to the dictates of the flesh and Satan, but it takes a man to walk with God in this world.
This Christianity thing is hard. It’s so easy in this day to find a play church, a modern church, a cool church, a fun church. You know what I have found? There aren't any men in those “churches” but there are plenty of mice! But, you know what else I have found? God can take weak mice and make mighty men out of them. I’m one of those. Not that I’m what I ought to be, but whatever strength I have, it’s from God.
Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” – Luke 15:2 The Pharisees are grumbling against Jesus because He received sinners. What an irony this is! The...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” And they did so. – Exodus 14:4 Listen, the goal...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
At the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. – Luke 14:17-18 The invitation has been sent. Think about that phrase...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! – Galatians 1:9 I recently shopped at an outlet mall here in the United States. These malls have...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
And at the dinner hour he sent to his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come, for everything is ready now.” – Luke 14:17 These were to come to the table that God had spread. They are to come to the food that He...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming. – Ephesians 4:14 One way Satan will use trickery and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Say to them, “As I live!” declares the Lord God. “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’” – Luke 13:32 Was Jesus unloving and without compassion when He...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Scripture teaches that sometimes God brings difficult things to bear in our lives. He may bring tragedies, heartaches, even crises. Look, God is over all things, but here’s my point. Sometimes He brings these things to the end of chastening...[ abbreviated | read entire ]