EXODUS 5:4, 8
Then the king of Egypt said to them,”Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people from their
work? Get back to your labor.” “And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made
before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, ‘Let us go and
sacrifice to our God. ‘”
A church in Minnesota found itself in trouble with the courts. A family in the church who
faithfully tithed for years suddenly went bankrupt through no fault of their own. The bankruptcy
courts determined that all the money this family had tithed to the church during the previous year
should be returned to help settle outstanding debts.
The logic the court system followed was that the family had not received anything of value in
return for their gifts. The final outcome of this dispute will be years in the settling, but it reflects
an attitude that is common today: if our efforts do not result in a tangible product, they are of no
Pharaoh felt the same way. His concern was producing bricks. Some identify the Pharaoh of
Moses’ time as Ramses II, who ruled for 66 years and built many towns, temples and
monuments. Whoever the Pharaoh of the Exodus was, he was concerned more with bricks and
mortar than with the spiritual life of his slaves.
The fact that the Israelites had time to think about spiritual matters indicated to him that they had
too much time on their hands. His solution was to give them more to do so they would have no
opportunity for such unproductive activities as worship.
Many people today see time spent in spiritual pursuits as a waste. They have no time for such
unproductive indulgences. Let us remember that man was created for fellowship with God.
He wants to spend intimate time with us. When we’re too busy for God, we’re busier than God
intended for us to be. Carve out some quality time to spend with God today.
TIME WITH GOD IS INVESTED—NOT SPENT.