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 try and 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. Fruitfulness and multiplication cannot be stopped. We grow like the palm tree. The more weight it has upon it, the more it grows. In the midst of 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.