The Weight You’ve Carried For Years – Gone In An Instant
The Problems and Battles That Oppress Us
Do you have that one battle that has weighed on your shoulders for years and even decades? A weight that hangs over your life at every moment, and no matter how much joy and happiness life brings, you can never fully enjoy it because in the background, if you allow yourself to look, you know you’re going to see that familiar gray-black sky.
Have you called out to God, sought God, prayed to God, prayed again, and then pleaded some more? Have you done everything in your own ability to drive away the storm only to feel the deep ominous rumblings reverberating through your life again and again? Do you know what it’s like to feel the ache in a place so deep within your soul that if you could rip it out with your bare hands you’d try?
A People Bearing an Unbearable Weight
For hundreds of years, God’s people were enslaved in the land of Egypt. The oppression on their lives was ever-increasing, so much so that the whole people began crying out to God for deliverance.
The entire nation lifted their voices under the weight of oppression that they carried each and every day of their lives, without reprieve. As those voices ascended through the heavens, their God – the Living God, heard their prayer and called a man Moses to go before Pharaoh and demand that he let God’s people go!
The familiar events unfolded, as Pharaoh rejected the demand and pressed greater and greater weights upon God’s people, and in response God sent ever increasingly severe plagues upon that land until it culminated with Pharaoh and the people of Egypt driving and literally begging and paying God’s people to leave.
Just when it looked like they had found freedom, their oppressor rallied the nation’s army and pursued God’s people with a violent vengeance more severe than all of those previous. As God’s people fled this advancing army, they found themselves ‘pinned’ between the army of Pharaoh and the Red Sea.
What if God, in just one moment, could erase it forever?
Just when God’s people felt the greatest fear and weight of oppression that they had ever experienced, God gave them one of the most amazing and inspiring promises I’ve ever found in scripture. Here’s what it says:
But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.” Exodus 14:13
In one moment, the culmination of all their prayers, all their sighs, every longing of their heart was lifted in such a way that only God could take credit for.
So what about the weight that you carry?
I want to encourage you today that what God did for Israel, He is WELL ABLE to do for you too. Hold onto your faith in His power and love with every measure of strength you possess, and then keep holding on with the strength you don’t possess. Never let your prayers be cast to the wayside because you think they’re not being heard. THEY ARE!
Sometimes great battles and great enemies require MUCH prayer. But God, in his timing, has a way of absolutely annihilating and obliterating, in a single miraculous moment, the problems that we’ve struggled with for decades!
Cry out child of God, He hears and He WILL deliver!