Do we hear the messages of hope God speaks into our lives when we are discouraged? Let’s read and consider what happened when Moses relayed to the Israelites a message from God filled with promise and encouragement:
“‘Therefore, say to the Israelites: “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.”
Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.” Exodus 6:6-9
Lord, help us not fail to listen to your messages of promise and hope when we are overwhelmed with discouragement and despair. Help us instead to lift our heads and open our ears. Help us hear you. Help us believe you.
“I lift up my eyes to the hill—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
*How has God encouraged you recently?