Do you want to know God intimately and walk with him like Enoch? Would you like to have the faith of Abraham? How about the zeal of Paul? What about the radiant beauty of Esther or the bravery and leadership qualities of Deborah? Do you want to be humble like Mary? Though these heroes of the faith were not perfect, they all sought to please God by persevering through difficult times. In their struggles, they learned to hang on one more day. In our Bible, not only do we read about the triumphant victories of great men and women of God, but we also get to peer into their weaknesses and downfalls as well. It is from the journeys of others that we should learn what ‘to do’ and ‘what not to do,’ as we press on aiming to please God in all of our ways. It is often necessary for us to persevere even though our trial(s) may have continued for many years. I want to encourage you to not grow weary. Don’t give upâ€¦because your miracle could be just around the corner! Just hang on one more dayâ€¦
Let’s look at the life of Moses for a moment. Moses is known for his faithful determination in leading the children of Israel out of bondage from Egypt, believing God for a peaceful land, a place flowing with milk and honey. For forty years Moses led this massive crowd of whiny, unbelieving, self-centered relatives through the dessert. God wanted the Israelites to shed their sinful ways. He wanted them to purge their souls from all thought of Egyptian influence ‘before’ they entered into their promised land called Canaan. For this reason, He allowed them to suffer many trials throughout their wilderness journey. This wilderness experience was a time for God to reveal His provision and faithfulness as the Israelites were forced to lean solely upon Him for their daily survival. Even though God was always faithful to provide, their immaturity and lack of patience kept them longing to return to their past (settling for a false comfort) instead of looking toward the future (the coming day of complete deliverance and life abundantly in the land of Canaan).
In Exodus 17:1-7, we see where the Israelites camped in Rephidim, but there was no water for them to drink. And so, as expected, they whined and complained to Moses saying, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us?” Desperate for wisdom of how to handle this mass of disgruntled followers, Moses prays to God asking for help in dealing with these unruly people–his people, even his relatives. God answers Moses by telling him to ‘hit’ a specific rock in front of all of the elders of the community while proclaiming God’s promise; prophesying water to spring forth from the rock. (This water will quench the thirst of the people while revealing God’s love and power as Moses stands, in faith, proclaiming God’s promise in front of the congregation.) Moses does as the Lord commands and everyone praises God for His faithfulness! Moses was obedient!
Then, in Numbers 20:8-12, once again the Israelites were perishing for water. When Moses seeks God for wisdom over what to do, this time his instructions are to ‘speak’ to the rock in front of the crowd while proclaiming God’s promise to bring forth water. Unfortunately, in his frustration (perhaps ‘weariness’ in well doing), Moses â€˜hits’ the rock instead. (This seems reasonable since that is what God had him do the last time. Right?) As he is hitting the rock, Moses calls the Israelites ‘a bunch of rebels,’ and appears to be fed-up with their constant lack of faith in God. Moses didnâ€™t hang on one more day. Amazingly, God does allow water to flow forth from the rock, quenching the thirst of the Israelites; but, He also rebuked Moses for his disobedience. The Lord tells Moses that he will never get to enter into Canaan because of his “lack of obedience.” Can you believe that after all of those years, Moses doesn’t get to enjoy the fruit of his labor all because he got a bad attitude right before his breakthrough? In Deuteronomy 32:48-52, God allows Moses to ‘see’ Canaan, but He does not allow him to enter in because of his disobedienceâ€”disobedience right at the end of his wilderness trial! Moses died… although his eyes were not dim and his strength was still great (Deut. 34:1-7). Even though he lived to be 120, Moses might have lived many more triumphant years in Canaan had he not missed his chance by not following God’s instructionâ€”perhaps one last time before the breakthrough. I think he would have loved to have led the march into Canaan, shouting the victory that he had worked so hard to obtain. Instead, his protegee, Joshua, held the privilege of leading Israel into the promised land. If only Moses had hung on one more dayâ€¦
Our lesson today is one of ‘staying faithful until the end.’ Your breakthrough could very well result from your next act of obedience to God’s command. Perhaps your relatives are a ‘bunch of rebels’ like those of Moses. Maybe some of them act like the devil himself. Or, perhaps your finances are a mess, you’ve lost your job, your body is sick, your children are disobedient, your life is unfulfilled, or your mind is oppressed. Whatever your situation, God is still on the throne! His promises are true! As you cry out to Him for help, He will give you specific instructions on how to obtain your victory… but you must do things HIS WAY… at each crossroads of decision. You must be obedient to His commandâ€”the voice of the Holy Spirit. Remember, every act of obedience gets you one step closer to YOUR breakthrough! Just hang on one more dayâ€¦
So donâ€™t grow weary on the journey. Don’t become frustrated and fed-up during your trial. For it is the trial of our faith that brings praise and honor and glory unto our Lord, Jesus Christ. Don’t let your trial wear you down. Your breakthrough could be very near. â€œTherefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.â€ (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Hang on one more dayâ€¦