The other day I was listening to a message from Bishop T.D. Jakes called “Exit Strategies.” In this message he makes a profound statement that I believe will be extremely beneficial to you.

He talks about the account in Exodus of when Pharaoh had taken away the straw from the children of Israel and still commanded that they make the same amount of bricks. This is what Pharaoh said:

“So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labor in it, and let them not regard false words.” (Exodus 5:6-9 NKJV)

As soon as the people of Israel heard this they complained to Moses. They believed that they needed the straw in order to make the required amount of bricks. However, their vision was very narrow because they were only looking at the small picture and missing what God was about to do. They were only wanting to have straw in order that they might be a better slave, when God was wanting to deliver them out of the entire situation.

Paul writes in Ephesians that God can do exceedingly above and beyond what we can even ask or think. (See Ephesians 3:20) I believe in life, because I’ve been there and done it, there is times where we are praying for God to make the situation that we find ourselves in better or more bearable where God is wanting to and is about to take us in an entirely different direction. He is about to deliver us out of the situation we are in, when we just want Him to alleviate the pain. Our vision becomes extremely narrow focused. We only look at the small picture instead of seeing the big picture. As Paul says God can, will, and is about to do something that far exceeds anything that we are praying or believing for Him to do.

So the next time you find yourself wanting God to just make the current situation you’re in more bearable, enlarge your view and believe that God is going to deliver you out of the whole thing. It’s not about the straw. So quit praying about the straw and start believing for your deliverance.


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