I’m switching gears today.
I remember that I had been thinking about discussing an aspect of the subject of ‘sin’ that I don’t usually hear preached. (Possibly have never heard preached!) I got my insight, though, straight from Scripture. Hebrews.
While running with this thought, the topic of frustration presented itself. (Not sure if there was actually any connection to the sin idea at the time.) I got to thinking about Moses. Now there is a man who knew about frustration. Leading – what, was it well over a million? 2 million ?- Hebrews through the desert, them all the while crying and complaining, not happy with their diet, wantin’ to turn around and go back – sheesh! And then, to top it all off, he turns his back for a few (OK, maybe not a few…more like 40) days and they practically have an orgy while he’s away (Exodus 32), meeting with God on the mountain top. Can you imagine being in the presence of the Shekinah glory (link) and then coming back to THAT??? You have got to give that man his props. I cannot imagine what kind of fortitude, what strength of character, what depth of perseverance Moses must have had.
And not only did Moses return to the children of Israel romping around a golden statue of a calf while they worshipped it (because we all know a li’l ole animal statue is so far superior to the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!), but his own brother Aaron gave the assist in the whole perverted fiasco. What was up with that? Then, after Scripture (Ex. 32:4) clearly tells us that Aaron himself ‘fashioned’ and ‘made…’ the calf, he tells Moses that somehow the calf just appeared on its own. Seriously. Read verse 24. (KJV) Talk about passing the buck. I’m thinkin’ Moses wasn’t fooled. For sure the Lord wasn’t.
I’ve learned from my own experiences in life that often frustration precedes a victory, a gift or a wonderful blessing. It may even be a pre-requisite to receiving those good things, in the sense that it prepares you. The Apostle Paul (our great champion of the grace of God in Christ) wrote something along those lines that intrigued me. He talks about the almost multitude of sufferings and difficulties, even dangers, in his life in 2nd. Corinthians 11, starting around verse 23. I would say these events might fall into the frustration-producing category…the man couldn’t get a break! But then, right at the outset of chapter 12, Paul states that he ‘will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.’
Further down, he mentions the abundance of revelations he gets.
No pain, no gain?
I hate suffering, but for myself, I’ve found that unexpected breakthroughs often come after I’ve been goin’ through something. And, I repeat, I hate suffering… NEVER gonna want it…not gonna happen. But it doesn’t always seem to be a waste.
Getting back to Moses…”And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend..” Wow.
I read somewhere that the downward growth of a root can be compared to ‘negative’circumstances. The fact that a root does grow down, not up, represents hardship or difficulty of some sort. At least, at times. Just as the root is necessary to the eventual appearance of the tree, flower, fruit etc., so are some of the more unpleasant aspects of life to the yielding of victories and good things. And as you know, the deeper the root, the more likely it is to reach the precious water further down inside the earth, when drought comes. So….following this comparison, some of the prolonged or repeated frustrations of our lives may actually one day turn out to be a saving grace. Rather than breaking you (though it may feel like you’re being broken, beat down and beat up!)), your frustrations may indeed be producing valuable staying power.
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