God wants to do more in your life. He’s a God of more. Whatever stage of life you’re in, he’s not done with you. You still have more tread on those tires. Look at Exodus 1:12, “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad…”
Think about the good things pressure produces for a moment. Olive oil contains antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and promotes heart and brain health. But this life-giving oil only comes by pressing ripe olives. Wine, the Biblical symbol for joy, can only come after pressing and crushing the grapes. Coffee and peanut butter come after the bean and nut are ground to powder. Stronger muscles are the result of the application of pressure. Diamonds are created deep below the surface where the pressure is great and the heat is intense.
The more we are pressed in life, the more we’re blessed. Exodus 1 is not about how wicked Pharaoh was. It shows us the more he pressed, the more God blessed his people. The more he turned up the heat, the more grace came down. When we’re squeezed, it’s because God knows there’s more inside. Like a tube of toothpaste always has a little more, there’s still a more God wants to get out of us. In those uncomfortable times, we pray with more fervency. Our praise has more passion. Our days have more focus. We find more strength for witness and service. We see our calling more clearly and move out in faith. The more the enemy presses us, the more God does through us for his glory. Whisper this prayer right now, “Oh God, do a little more in my life today.”
Are you feeling pressed at work? Maybe your boss is out to make you look bad. He gave your deal to someone else. Or, she gave credit to another for work you did. I’m not suggesting you spend your life in a toxic work environment. But you do not need to be afraid. The more they press and push, the more God will provide and promote. You may sit in their seat one day.
Finally, in Exodus 1 we see the unstoppable favor of God. Here’s a truism you can bank on. Our network is our net-worth. Our earning potential and ability to foster new relationships are connected. But, by far the most powerful connection we have is with our Savior, the Lord of the universe.
How can we experience the favor of God? Notice verse 21, “And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.” His divine favor comes to us as we fear him, or live with a holy sense of reverence, worship, and awe. His favor comes whenever we hear his voice and obey his promptings in every situation. D.L. Moody’s famously said, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a person fully consecrated to him.”
Take heart today. There is no one like our God. I Kings 8:23 says, “LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below–you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”