Today's encouragement comes from Exodus 6:9, which says this:
"Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel; but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery." (ESV)
There is a sense in which a broken spirit and very difficult life circumstances make listening to the ministers of God quite hard to do. And yet, the very de-sired deliverance from these troubles is entirely dependent upon the hearing of the gospel of grace. In the case of Moses, he persevered, and eventually won the ears and hearts of the people; but it did not come easily or "automa-tically."
May we be patient with those who are especially-burdened with heavy cares and concerns. Love demands that we continue to speak to them. Compas-sion calls for our going the extra mile with them.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Suffer we must. Before we were born, God decre-ed it; and it is easier to complain of His decree than to change it.” —Samuel Rutherford, in, "Letters of Samuel Rutherford"]