Read Exodus 5
Focus on verse 22-23
Interesting how quickly we can lose momentum and enthusiasm. I like to watch play-off hockey games, because the action is usually non-stop, and the momentum of the game can shift quickly, often as a result of one mistake. In today’s reading Moses is in Egypt ready to obey God’s command to bring the people home to the promised land, but it is interesting to me how quickly the momentum shifts here as well.
At the beginning of this chapter the people are all excited and worshipping God for sending a deliverer… by the end of the chapter they are blaming Moses and he is questioning why He signed up for the project.
Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.” (v. 22-23)
What happened in the middle? Apparently they ran into a little snag in the plan. Despite the warning God had given Moses in regard the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, they had got it into their heads that Pharaoh would just roll over and let them walk out of Egypt when they asked for a three day pass. What they got instead was a rather harsh reminder that they were slaves. Moses response to this is equally disappointing. Instead of returning to the Lord saying, “okay, we should have expected that, what do we do now?” Moses is saying, “Why did you even send me here…You said you were going to deliver these people – but now it’s even worse for them!
It is not uncommon that when we walk the narrow road that the Lord leads us to walk, when God desires to do something awesome, that it seems like it gets worse before it gets better. This pattern is true of the salvation story as well. When Jesus was crucified and laid in the tomb, those closest to Him thought it was all over…that it had all gone wrong somehow. It was not until He appeared alive again three days later that they began to understand the magnitude of what had happened and began to piece together all the things that He had told them about what He had come to do. It is not until they experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost that they, with the help of the indwelling Spirit begin to see that the plan God had in mind was so much bigger than anything they had initially imagined when Jesus had walked with them in the flesh. Most often the mistake we make, is that we are impatient, and we give up too easily. So if you find yourself in a difficult situation – hang in there – give God time to work out His plan His way. Remember that momentum shifts can go in both directions.