Read Exodus 6
Focus on verse 10-12
“Rome was not built in a day” is a saying that is meant to encourage when it seems that there is little progress evident when much effort has been spent. In other words, “don’t let a little setback throw you off your mission”. In the previous chapter we found Moses questioning his calling by the end of the chapter when Pharaoh responds by increasing the burden upon the people. In the beginning of this chapter we find the people now refusing to listen to Moses “because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery”. Apparently it is hard to envision one’s self as a free person when every waking hour of every day a cruel taskmaster is reminding you that you are a slave. It is interesting that the Lord does not seem to be in the least bit discouraged by this, and tells Moses to go back to Pharaoh. I can imagine the incredulous look on Moses face as he reminds God that “excuse me – in case You hadn’t noticed – NOBODY is listening to me!”
So the Lord said to Moses, “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?” (v. 10-12)
I wish the text would reveal just exactly what it was that God said to Moses and Aaron when He “gave them a charge concerning the people and about Pharaoh”. Whatever it was, seems to have convinced them to continue on with the task of bringing the people out of Egypt.
Sometimes faith requires us to “just keep going” to stay on task, to trust our calling and believe that God will come through in His time – even though at the moment it does not look very promising.