Passover | Devotion 3: Exhaustion
Exhaustion, by definition, is to be completely or almost completely depleted of resources or contents. I can remember several years ago; I received a phone call from Pastor Caleb. He informed me that the church had just been given an incredible children’s play place for free! However, as with any deal, there was a catch; we had to have the play place taken apart and out of the building by the morning. So, a handful of staff and volunteers grabbed our tools and headed down to take apart this mammoth play place, that would eventually go up in our children’s building in Holly. As time passed by, we finally had the whole structure disassembled and began loading it into trailers and truck beds to transport back to the warehouse. The funny thing was, the next day, we were doing our annual gathering at the Oakland County Fair Grounds. This meant, we had to unload all the trailers filled with equipment for the fair, so that we could drive them down and load them up with all the play places pieces. By the time everything was all set and done, it was about three in the morning, which meant we had about two hours until we had to begin set-up at the fairgrounds for our gathering!
In Exodus 12:29-32, we have the account of the final plague which devastated the people of Egypt. Beginning in verse 29 it reads, “At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead. Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, ‘Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said. Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!’” When I read this passage, the first word that comes to mind is exhaustion. At this point, Moses has been going back and forth, pleading with Pharaoh to let God’s people go; yet to no avail. It is only after experiencing the hurt of death and loss, that Pharaoh finally gives up and understands the need to obey the commands of the Father.
Although my story of exhaustion pales in comparison, the experience Moses went through with Pharaoh had to have taken a toll on him. He was given a calling from God, yet it seemed at every turn he was faced with adversity and setbacks. However, he never gave up. Moses continued to revisit Pharaoh, continued to plead with him, and never stopped following after the call that God had placed on his life. I know that exhaustion is a real thing. Life can get crazy, busy, chaotic, and the days can seem never to end. However, I want to encourage you with this little passage about Moses’ journey. This is the end, which leads to the next chapter as he then led God’s people out of Egypt.
Today, I hope you will reflect on this journey that Moses experienced. See how he continued to push through the exhaustion because he knew that was the calling God had placed on his life. Likewise, I pray that as you go throughout your day at work, home, traveling, and whatever it may be; that you would continue to push forward. Push through as Moses did and remember the words that David wrote in Psalm 115:1, which reminds us of why we do what we do and why Moses pushed through the exhaustion, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”