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Exodus 1 “Bitter Bondage”

“And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage…”

Exodus 1:14a (NKJV)

Not all paths in life are pleasant. What began as beautiful pastureland in the best part of Egypt and wonderful favor with the Egyptians turned sour…or shall I say bitter. A king arose who did not know Joseph or remember all the good he had done for the nation. As the Israelites continued to multiply, so did Pharaoh’s worries. He pulled them off their farmland and forced them to build distribution cities. He set harsh taskmasters over them who ruled with rigor.

So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.

Exodus 1:13–14 (NLT)

Pharaoh also commanded the Hebrew midwives to kill any males that were born, but they feared God and wouldn’t do it.

Imagine living at such a time and under such deplorable conditions. Would that shipwreck your faith? But through it all God was still in control, slowly working out His plan. Truly, His ways are not our ways!

We all go through bitter places in life. Perhaps you have been betrayed by a close friend; perhaps you’ve lost a loved one; maybe you or someone close to you has constant and severe health problems. These things do not magically disappear. Bitter hardship may endure for a long season, as it did for the children of Israel. But God is still alive, and He still has a plan. If you know Jesus, He will never leave nor forsake you.

Are you in a bitter place? God sees. God knows. God hears. Jesus is praying for you that your faith will not fail (Luke 22:32).

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