How to Cope when Crushed
The great George Mueller of Bristol, England on the Lord's Day, February 6, 1870 his wife Mary died of rheumatic fever. They had been married 39 years and 4 months. The Lord gave him the strength to preach at her memorial service. He said,
I miss her in numberless ways, and shall miss her yet more and more. But as a child of God, and as a servant of the Lord Jesus, I bow, I am satisfied with the will of my Heavenly Father, I seek by perfect submission to His holy will to glorify Him, I kiss continually the hand that has thus afflicted me.
George Mueller learned the secret of how to cope when crushed. In my message today I want us to learn How to cope when crushed.
Please turn Exodus chapter 3, however, the picture is very graphic. It is the story of severe affliction. A period of 430 years saw the children of Israel grow from a family of 70 to a group of over 600,000 men over the age of twenty, plus the tribe of Levi, plus all the women and children Moses was leading about 3 MILLION people who were in a terrible backslidden condition but now God almighty has got their attention and they are about to go from Tragedy to Triumph.
And the Bible says that "there arose a new king over Egypt who did not know Joseph". And this new pharaoh was intimidated by this people of Israel dwelling in his land, and set out to cut them back down to size. So he took action:
He enslaved the Israelites - enforced them to cut straw and make bricks and labor on his public works program (the pyramids?
BUT the more he afflicted the Israelites the more they grew. So he instructed all the Hebrew midwives that when they attended the birth of a boy in Israel they were to put him to death only girls were to live.
But thank God for God-fearing women. It says these midwives feared the Lord and they would not comply with Pharaoh's command.
So Pharaoh continued to turn up the heat more and more on Israel.
And this is the si ...
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