See What I Will Do
All of us love our life to get better and better. It is also God’s desire that we go from strength to strength, and glory to glory. However, many times, on our way to a better life and future, things do get worse. In our journey of obeying God and following His path, we often meet with obstacles and difficulties before we see His promises for us fulfilled. With this, frustration, discouragement and even despair may set in.
The Word of God tells us in the Book of Exodus that Moses was in exactly such a predicament. He had obeyed God’s instruction to go before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, to ask for him to release the Israelites from slavery. Not only did Pharaoh not agree to this, he increased the workload of the Israelites, giving them a work quota that was impossible to fulfill. This was not all for Moses. His own people now were complaining against him and blaming him for bringing greater misery upon them by speaking to Pharaoh.
Moses was certainly in a hard place. He did exactly what the Lord told him to but what he got in return was greater opposition from the enemy and severe accusation from his fellow countrymen.
What did Moses do in the face of this immensely distressing situation?
Exodus 5:22 & 23 NIV
22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Is this why You sent me?
23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in Your Name, he has brought trouble on this people, and You have not rescued Your people at all.”
Moses went back to the Lord with all the issues he was facing, letting out his anger, frustration and even blame to the Lord. On one hand, we could think of Moses as being irreverent to God for saying all those things that he had. On the other hand, Moses could very well have been tempted to simply forget about the vision and call God had given him, and return to his former life of tending sheep in the desert. But he chose to go back to the Lord with his grouses and anguish.
Maybe we are struggling with pressing on in certain things that God has called us to do. Perhaps we feel like all our obedience and commitment to God’s ways are taking us nowhere but into deeper trouble. And we want to retreat and not go so all out for God after all.
God is telling us today, do not give up just yet. Go back to Him to tell Him all our struggles and doubt, just as Moses did. God is telling us today, He who has called us, given us His instruction and revealed His purpose, has not ceased working and never will. Therefore, we must also never give up. Call out to Him just one more time. Cry out to Him from deep within your heart.
Moses did that and he received from the Lord an assurance that His promise shall come to pass. We read in Exodus 6:1 NIV –
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of My mighty hand he will let them go; because of My mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”
Because Moses kept his conversation with God going, he received those words from the Lord. Had Moses turned away from the Lord and given up, he would not have received the vision that God’s mighty hand could turn things around.
Whatever heartache we may be experiencing right now that is threatening us to turn away from the Lord, God is telling us to return to Him, to keep talking with Him and trusting Him. When we do so, He is going to let us see victory where we saw only failure. He is going to show us a way out where we saw no way. And we will be strengthened afresh that He is our Mighty God Who is greater than any heartache that we have.
Join me in this prayer.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You always hear my cry of anguish and desperation. I thank You that even in moments when I doubt Your promise and question Your calling, You never fail to reach out to me with Your love and grace. Lord, I am coming back to You and placing all my trust and hope in You. I fix my eyes on You and seek to hear Your voice. Strengthen me and mold me as I hold on to Your mighty Hand, trusting You to lead me out of the wilderness I am in. Thank You, Lord, that You are turning every trial into a testimony of Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”