Summary: Troubles will make you better if you do not allow it to make you bitter.
Exodus 1:14 begins with the phrase, “And they made their lives bitter…”
• According to the Strong’s Concordance the root word used for “bitter” can also mean “stronger.”
• As a matter of fact, according to the Bible Reader’s Companion, some suggest that the root translated “bitter” actually was intended to be “strong.”
o Pharaoh intended slavery to crush the spirit of the Jewish people, and to cause many to die.
• Pharaoh sought to make their lives unbearable.
• Instead he served to strengthen them.
• When he intended to make them bitter he instead made them better.
• Bitter became stronger!
• More often than not, trouble and trial comes into our lives because Satan intends to use them to destroy us.
o It is his purpose to crush us under the heavy load of adversity and opposition.
• It is his purpose to make our lives bitter.
• It his purpose to cause us to despise every breath we take.
o But, in the course of his diabolical plan, God makes a way to turn trouble into triumph.
• God makes a way to turn tragedy into growth.
o The Israelites were supposed to give up and become subservient.
• They were supposed to be weakened and bitter until they despised life itself.
o But instead bondage and oppression caused the to grow stronger in body and in number.
• Death and loss became the catalyst for liberty and freedom.
o What Satan intended for evil, God used for good.
• The bondage was imposed to prevent their multiplying: but according to verse 12, “the more they afflicted them the more they multiplied and grew.”
• Some lessons Satan never learns.
o The same transition from bitter to better is repeated throughout the biblical record.
• Satan thought he would tear Job down with bitter trouble and opposition.
• But in the End God multiplied Job and Job emerged from his trial with more than he ever had.
• Nero thought he would crush the church with persecution.
• But in truth he compelled the church to fulfill the great commission as he scattered them to the ends of the earth.
• The church didn’t go underground as it spread, instead it established itself across the entire world.
• Hell has determined that trouble and opposition can take you out of the fight.
• Hell thinks that your life can be made so bitter that you will be rendered spiritually ineffective.
• But what Hell hasn’t counted on is the fact that God turns “bitter” into “better.”
• The thing that was meant to destroy you is the thing that God will use to advance you!
• I want you to know tonight that when Satan brings bitterness into your life.
o When controversy and trouble rise up to attempt to crush you.
o It is important that you recognize the fact that Satan is not in charge of your life, God is.
• And God works all things together for good to those that trust him.