This was Moses’ story as he approached Pharaoh with the request to worship His God in the desert with the slaves of Egypt.
Not only did Moses’ obedience make things more difficult for those he was advocating for, he was called a liar.
“When they (Israelite foremen) left Pharaoh, they said (to Aaron and Moses), “May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” (Exodus 5:21)
And this was Moses’ first experience after stepping out in faith to fulfill a call that seemed overwhelming for him.
“O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?” (Ex. 5:22)
Hard times come when what God has told us is different from the reality around us. It’s where faith comes to a juncture and we don’t know which way to go.
Theology says, “I know I should believe” but our human nature says, “but I don’t see the miracle happening.”
This is most often where life really is.
If this is where your life is today, take the truths and promises of God’s words given to Moses.
The challenge is, resting and trusting, and not shortchanging what God wants to do by fixing the situation prematurely.
Moses could have very well said, “See if I ever approach Pharaoh again God’s way. That didn’t turn out well. I’m going to become his ally so I can make things better.”
Tempting, Very tempting to bypass God’s plan when God doesn’t seem to be delivering.
But Moses didn’t cave.
He stood on God’s promises of hearing and remembering, and his promises of “will” and “then”.
“Dear Father, help us to cling to you when our situation dictates that you aren’t even around, that you don’t care, that you don’t hear and remember. Holy Spirit, empower us with faith today to believe you are working and if we rest in who You are and your promises for us, that we will see your mighty hand in the situation that seems too big, discouraging, or hopeless. Thank you that your timing shows Your glory and does not always meet our comfort.
Increase our faith, today. Amen”
May God be so personal to you, today, for your comfort and His glory.