When the Egyptians set taskmasters over the children of Israel to afflict them with their burdens, they wanted to hinder the Israelites’ growth. They believed the hard labor in building cities would stop them from building their own families. They believed the children of Israel would be so tired, so wiped out, so weak they would not be healthy; and therefore unable to bear children.
The enemy causes warfare in our lives to stop us from being fruitful and multiplying. We witness the increase of warfare in the lives of people when they express how wiped out, weak and tired they are. They lose motivation. They lose their vision. They sense their fire is diminishing. Their first thought often points to themselves. They wonder what is wrong with them; why they are not more motivated; why their passion isn’t there; and so on. But it’s not them; it’s the continued warfare that has come to wear them out so they will quit. At that moment, the opposite happens.
The scripture tells us that the more the taskmasters were afflicting them, the more the children of Israel multiplied and grew. The Holy Spirit quickens and restores us. We cannot stop godly fruitfulness and multiplication. We grow like the palm tree. The more weight it has upon it, the more it grows. During persecution and affliction we grow in the Lord, from glory to glory!
Exodus 1:11-12 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel.
As parents, we know how much we love our children. We will do whatever is needed to protect them from harm. If they are crossing a street and we see a car racing towards them, we run and stretch forth our hands to pull them to safety; or if that isn’t possible, we place our body between them and the car. We will protect them by covering them with our own body; we will give our lives for them. That’s what God did for us through the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. He gave His life for us.
On the cross, Jesus took all the punishment for us and all humanity past, present and future. He snatched us out of the hands of the enemy. Our Lord’s saving hand is a daily reality because of what He accomplished on the cross. Through His resurrection, Jesus proved that He conquered our enemies. Whatever we go through today, we reach out to Him, trusting Him.
Our Lord stretches out His saving hand, His healing hand, and His delivering hand. His anointed hand lays hold of us and pulls us out of any situation in which we find ourselves. We can trust that no one, and nothing, will ever be able to snatch us out of His hand! We can hold on because we are secure, safe and sheltered from glory to glory!
Acts 4:29-30 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
We do not war against flesh and blood, and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal; they are mighty through God. These weapons are powerful because they are God’s. It’s His word and His spirit that defines how we should fight the battles. In His name, we conquer opposition.
When we use our weapons and they don’t seem to work, the enemy brings thoughts of despair and his lies about our future become louder. We keep our weapons sharpened as we pray in the Spirit. We keep plowing, trusting that eventually every high thing in opposition to God’s will has to come down.
It’s difficult to pray as fervently for a breakthrough after years of pressing through, and often when a high tower is about to fall, the enemy tries to get us to quit. By God’s grace, we never grow weary in well doing and we can trust that in due time we will reap. As we wage our good fight of faith, we are also being prepared to conquer even greater giants.
The Spirit of God demolishes fleshy wisdom and reveals divine wisdom. Whether or not we see it, we can trust the results of our warfare. God is our fortress and as we abide and hide in Him, we rest in our victory, from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.