Exodus 8:1, Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, this is what the Lord says: let my people go, so that they may worship me”.
Many of us are familiar with this story. The Israelites had been in Egyptian bondage for over 400 years. During this time they had begun to lose faith in the God of their fathers. They believed He existed, but they doubted that He could or would break the yoke of their bondage. Have you ever found yourself in a situation, and because God did not come when you wanted Him to, you began to lose faith in God? You know He exists, you know He’s able, but that situation has caused you to doubt that He could or would deliver you and bring you out? Often times I find that the problem is not that we doubt God but that we doubt that God will do it for us. I want to encourage someone today who feels like God has forgotten them. God has not forgotten you and just as He heard the cries of the Children of Israel He hears your cries and He will deliver! Just as He delivered the 3 Hebrew boys from the fire, He will deliver you! Continue to worship God in your furnace of affliction and He will bring you out. He brought the Children of Israel out of bondage so that they could worship Him and He’s going to bring you out so that you can worship Him.
God is looking for worshippers. If God set you free from bondage can He trust you to worship Him? If we were to be honest, it’s the fire and the trials that push some of us to worship. I remember a time when I was going through an intense storm. I would come home every day and lock myself in my room and pray and cry out to God all night and I promised God when He brought me out, because no matter what it looked like at the time I knew my God was bringing me out, that I would continue to seek Him with that same intensity. I did not want my worship to be based on need, but I wanted my worship to flow from my love for Him and my desire for more of His presence.
Many of us worship and seek God for what He can do for us. God is looking for those who will worship Him for who He is and not just for what He can do. He is looking for those who are seekers of His presence and not just His presents. John 4:23 says, yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. When we worship God He comes looking for us. Does your worship get God’s attention? 2 Chronicles 16:9 says the eyes of the Lord run throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. When we worship God He searches the earth looking for us to bless us, to show Himself strong on our behalf.
Lastly, Matthew 5:6 says blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled. Keep worshipping, keep hungering, keep thirsting, keep seeking, and keep pressing in His presence, God’s about to satisfy you! He’s about to fill you! Get ready for the overflow!
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