Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies. —Exodus 5:8

            This is what Pharaoh said to his slave drivers to try to keep the Israelites from listening to Moses and Aaron and the message our Lord God Almighty had given to them.  The people were not given straw anymore, but had to go out and collect their own.  In doing so they were still required to make the same about of bricks.  More work was required, but they were expected to turn out the same amount of “product.”  Pharaoh’s desire was to keep them busier than ever to keep them from listening to God’s message through God’s messengers.

            Can you imagine working for someone and then one day they tell you that you must now also collect much of the material on your own to make your product?  But you are also expected to turn out the same amount of finished product and you would still get paid the same.  Wow… how would you feel?  What emotions would you have?  Especially when you find out that another person was the excuse for giving you this extra workload.  How would you feel toward them?  The Israelites were not happy with Moses when this happened (Exodus 5:21).

            Satan would like us to have a very hard workload to keep us from listening to God’s Truth through God’s messengers.  Work is good.  We were designed to work, but when it consumes us then that is not God’s intention.  That is not to say that we are not to work hard, but when the work is harder than the Lord’s desire for us, then that is the world’s, the flesh or the devil’s evil influence in our lives.  But it is not just business with work, it is also business with other things.  Things that may be good, but not the best.  Things that could distract us from what is God’s best.  Do I truly want God’s best or what I think is best?

            Here’s a test…  When was the last time you talked with our Lord?  When was the last time you listened to our Lord?  When was the last time you were still before our Lord?  How did you last serve our Lord in obedience to Him?  What really are your priorities?

            I’m too busy…  I didn’t have time…  I meant to…  I had something to do…  I got up late…  I’m not as young as I used to be…  Ever hear these before?  Ever said them before?  How will I change my priorities?

Dear Father please help me to have right priorities.  Please help me to listen and obey.  Please help me to be more sensitive to Your guidance and desires for my life.  Please help me to be more of an encouragement to others.  Yes, please help me to be a better listen and server of Yours.  May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.

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