Purpose for Waiting
April 24, 2022
Pastor Ricky Smith
I. A people of sovereign purpose
These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled
Following God will result in a journey filled with uncertainty and purpose
II. Suppression of service
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us.Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
Desperation is a peaceful place when we trust He provides
III. Help from a surprising source
Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.”But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”
We are the hands and feet of Jesus as we walk by faith and stand for truth
- Today I repent of my sin and confess Jesus as my King.
- Today I confess that I have been more motivated by fear of failure than fear of God.
- Today I choose to glorify God even in my pain to point others to Him.
- Share a time you took a stand on Scripture and were ridiculed or punished for it?
- Read Romans 8:28 and discuss how God uses trials to grow our faith.
- Why are we often more motivated by the opinions of others more than the fear of God?
- Read Psalm 40 and discuss what it means to wait patiently on God.
- Read Hebrews 11:24. What can we learn from Moses’ example of faith?
- Describe a time you have been impatient for God to answer your prayer.