This is a day you are to commemorate; for generations to come. (Ex. 12:14)

Summer days can last forever when you are a kid stuck at home with nothing to do. On occasion, I would complain to my parents, “I’m bored.” They would inevitably recite a list of potential activities I could have done—everything from games to house chores. Most of the time I didn’t take the bait. My boredom was like quicksand. I didn’t want to be stuck, but didn’t really want to exert any effort to get out of it. It was as if I wanted my parents to “cure” my boredom and improve my mood, but I didn’t want to participate in any actual activities that would fill my time with fun and meaning.

The Hebrews groaned and cried out to God about their miserable conditions as slaves in Egypt. They wanted God to rescue them from their discomfort, for sure. But God wanted more for them. He did not just want to change their harsh conditions, he wanted to bring them into an entirely different kingdom with an entirely new King. This required faith and action on the part of the Hebrews.

The same is true for you and me. When we cry out for help, God’s answer may be of a greater scope than we expect, and it may require us to take some challenging steps toward freedom.

Look for God’s grand plan during your current crisis.

Jarod Osborne is lead pastor of Pathway Church, in Warsaw, Indiana. He is the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.