by Rev Joel Yong
Exodus 5:6-8 ESV
The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen,
“You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves.
But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.”
Pharaoh reasoned that the Hebrew slaves led by Moses were petitioning to go to the wilderness to worship God because they were too idle, that the taskmasters had not been strict enough with them – and hence they dared ask for more ’employment benefits’.
The solution, he reasoned, lay in harsher demands and increased work challenges, so they would cease such behavior.
Pharaoh wasn’t all that dumb.
It is true, that with increased workload and pressing deadlines that people cease to find time and space to worship God.
I see it today.
When exams come, many (not all though) parents ask their kids to skip church till the exams are over. When office work burdens us, we tweak our commitments in church. It’s tough, because our bosses sign our paychecks, and school exams give us certification to get ahead in life.
Or do they?
God gives our bosses’ firms, the business required to churn profits which leads to our salary and bonuses.
God gives our kids wisdom to tackle exams and opens doors to help them flourish in their God given destinies.
You see, too often we confuse our earthly lords with the LORD. We confuse our earthly chores with His purpose for our lives. And we forget WHO really is in charge.
The Exodus account of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt details who really is in charge. Each time the people complain, each time Pharaoh claims that he is the overlord, God reminds them and us, the readers.
But the Lord said to Moses, Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.
Don’t forget who you live and labor for. Never confuse the Path of your income stream with the Source of your income.