In my last post, I discussed prosperity in spite of opposition and because of opposition. I stated that in due time, God will deliver you from the hands of pharaoh; but, not before His glory is shown, you are strengthened, and you have pillaged pharaoh’s kingdom. That statement was more of a conclusion (or so I thought). Last night, I was in need of encouragement, so I returned to my prior post. I was reading the quoted scripture and the Lord showed me something I did not notice previously.
But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land. Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. (Exodus 1:7-12 NKJV)
Pharaoh afflicted the children of Israel by forcing them to work and build within his kingdom. In particular, they built storage cities, Pithom and Raamses. These cities were used in the way their title suggests: in order to store food, treasures, etc.
It may seem like the situation you are in has no benefit to you. But things are not always as they appear. The children of Israel labored and endured abuse and mistreatment in order to build Pharaoh’s kingdom; however, prior to the exodus, they took the very treasures stored in the city they built.
Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. (Exodus 12:35-37 NKJV)
Your labor is not in vain. It seems like you are continuously giving, not getting anything in return, oppressed, mistreated. But when the appointed time of deliverance comes, you will find that what you built under the opposition will be a stepping stone to and lead you into your next season.