The Children of Israel were a people who were blessed; those who were fruitful and increased abundantly under the leadership of Joseph in Egypt. However, as Joseph died and a new King came to power in Egypt things began to change for the Israelite’s. Thus, the new King set over the children of Israel taskmasters to afflict them with burdens, and commanded them to build cities for Pharaoh. Hence, the good old days of Joseph was over and now the Israelite’s were beginning to be persecuted and afflicted by the Egyptians.
The new king made the Israelite’s serve with rigor; making it hard for them to live in Egypt. As a result of their affliction, the strangest thing happened, the more they were afflicted, the more they multiplied and grew and it caused the Egyptians to be grieved (Ex 1:12). It seemed as if the children of Israel were growing and getting stronger in the midst of persecution.
The thing that all Christians can learn from the Israelite’s plight is we all have the opportunity to grow in the midst of affliction. We all have an opportunity to get closer to God during troubling times. Even as the Israelite’s increased and multiplied physically, we have an opportunity to grow spiritually in Christ Jesus during times of persecution. The Church doesn’t like to talk about this much; however, the New Testament church in the book of Acts was birthed in persecution. In fact, King David said in (Psalm 119:71) “It was good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
Thus, David would have never gotten as close to God as he needed to, had it not been for affliction or some stressful situations. I’m not telling you that we need to look for affliction, but if affliction comes our way we need to get everything out of affliction (or trouble) that God has for us so that we might grow closer to the Lord. Further, if we never had any affliction in our lives would we have really sought the Lord? The answer to that is probably a resounding no!
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason