So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers saying, You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle: therefore they cry out, saying “Let us go and sacrifice to our God.” – Exodus 5:5-8 (NKJV)
In Exodus 3, God called Moses to return back to Egypt and lead His people out from under Egyptian slavery.
God instructed Moses to talk with two parties about this Divine rescue mission…
1. The Children of Israel &
In obedience to God, Moses teamed up with his brother Aaron and headed back to Egypt.
Exodus 4:30-31 says that once Moses and Aaron told the children of Israel the good news, they immediately believed it and began to worship God.
What a response to obeying God!!
Piece of cake, right??
Just imagine how big Moses’ swagger would have been coming out of that national pep rally!!
Momentum’s on his side…
He’s halfway done with his assignment.
All he has to do now is say the EXACT same thing to Pharaoh and the road trip out of Egypt can begin.
If only things were that easy!!
Immediately after Moses talked to Pharaoh about God’s instructions, things quickly escalated from bad to worse!
Pharaoh went slap off…
After declining Moses’ request, Pharaoh insisted that God’s people were lazy and as a punishment immediately doubled their workload!!
Have YOU ever taken a step of faith like that in obedience to God’s Word and it only seemed to make things worse?
You decided to confront a friend in love but that seemed to only increase the relational distance between the two of you.
You began to sow and invest into the lives of others only to have things begin to eat away at your own bank account balance.
You stepped out in faith on your God-given assignment and it seemed that everything that was right before began to go horribly wrong.
What do you do in moments like these?
How do you respond to questions like the ones below once they begin to swirl around in your mind…
“What did I do wrong?”
“Did I misinterpret what God told me?”
“Where is God in all of this?”
I believe that whenever you’re faced with situations like these, you can respond one of three ways:
1. You can back off of what God told you.
When things got worse for the children of Israel, Exodus 5:15-16 says that they asked Pharaoh why was he being so harsh with HIS servants. When pressure hit, they went from identifying themselves as God’s people to identifying themselves as “Pharaoh’s people.”
2. You can blame others.
Not only did the children of Israel backslide, they immediately began to blame Moses for their current circumstances!
3. You can turn to God and remain faithful.
When things got worse for Moses, He instead turned to God & His Word. He took his situation to God and talked with Him about it.
Even as it seemed that things in his life were getting worse, Moses made a decision to remain faithful to deliver God’s message of deliverance to Pharaoh day in and day out.
Maybe right now you’re tempted to quit.
Maybe today you’re looking for someone or something to blame for what’s happening right now in your life.
Don’t give up!
Whatever it is that you’re going through right now, it’s not the end of your story.
Don’t back off!
You’re so much closer than you think.
Choose to remain faithful!
And watch as God moves for you
Just like He did for Moses!