And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord. (Ex. 7:5)

Almost ten years ago, the Lord carried me through a very painful season of life. I didn’t ask for anything that came to me throughout that year, and I’m sure any of you who have lived through a dark time didn’t ask for the pain you felt, either. Though it was an agonizing time, God drew me close to his heart and showed himself to me in ways I never would have otherwise experienced. A decade beyond the pain, I’m grateful it’s behind me, but I’m more grateful for what I learned in the desert.

When God called Moses to go before Pharaoh and speak difficult truths, Moses struggled with his assignment. It changed everything about his life, and none of it was comfortable. It stretched and shaped him in ways he’d never before experienced.

From the very start, though, God assured Moses he would do his part. The methods may have been painful and scary—because after all, a hard-hearted Pharaoh didn’t make for a welcoming audience—but God was intricately working behind the scenes, all for the ultimate purpose of showing everyone involved that he was God.

God did his part for Moses. He was faithful to every promise made. God did his part for me a decade ago. He drew me close and used the pain to grow my faith. He’ll do his part for you too.

Rest assured God will do his part; don’t neglect doing yours.

Bekah Shaffer lives in Kokomo, Indiana, and enjoys endless coffee, scrapbooking, speaking, and planning adventures with her husband, Ryan.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

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