From Bad to Worse to Better
Exodus 5:7 NLT
“Do not supply any more straw for making bricks. Make the people get it themselves! But still require them to make the same number of bricks as before. Don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to our God.’ Load them down with more work. Make them sweat! That will teach them to listen to lies!”
Why does it seem like when God declares a promise, your situation goes from bad to worse sometimes? (Shout out to David)
Moses and the Israelites were probably thinking that as soon as word gets to Pharaoh, he was going to immediately let them go; not so. The Hebrews have been enslaved in Egypt for 430 years.
God already knew of their troubles before their existence and declared their deliverance, however, this required a great deal of trust.
Pharaoh’s rejection probably reaffirmed Moses’ reluctancy to be a leader and spokesman for God. Not only did Pharaoh not let them go when he was initially approached, but he oppressed the Hebrews even more! He refused to supply them with the straws they needed to make the bricks and somehow demanded them to meet the same quota.
Have you ever been in a situation when God promised to help you through, only for the situation to all of a sudden turn upside down? I can throw two hands up!
As if they did not have it bad enough, the Israelites had to work harder within the same timeframe. The situation just went from bad to worse. This is where the whole “Walk by Faith and Not by Sight” scripture comes in handy because if we depended on how our circumstances look instead of what God said…well you would probably go crazy.
The Israelites were so oppressed that they groaned at Moses and Moses groaned at God. As a matter of fact, he accused God of not lifting a finger to help.
Exodus 5:22-23 NLT
Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!
God could have most certainly clapped back at Moses like we all can’t wait to do when someone comes for us…but He didn’t. In fact, I love God’s response to Moses in chapter 6 verses 1-8
He revealed His plans against Pharaoh, reintroduced Himself as Yahweh, reminded Moses of His covenant, reassured that He did not forget about them, and reaffirmed His promise.
What a gracious and patient God.
Even when you think that God has forgotten about you, rest assure that He has not. He ended His statement with “I am the Lord!” It was His final seal of approval on the matter indicating that deliverance was for certain going to happen, it was only a matter of time. Realign your focus on who God is and not on your circumstances.
When Moses told the people of Israel what God said, they had already given up hope. They did not want to hear it anymore. Their oppression has discouraged them to the point of despair. Have you ever been so discouraged that you were like "Forget about it!" Yup, that is how they felt.
I know it is hard to still have faith when you are literally suffering or being persecuted and you can no longer endure.
Remember who your God is.
If He made you a promise, then He will fulfill it. It will not be in your timing but in His. I believe God allows a situation to look impossible so that when He does fulfill His promise, you will know that it was only Him that could have caused this miracle.
Keep on hoping and keep on believing.