“For I the Lord do not change…” Malachi 3:6
This week the kids and I have been reading through Exodus and the story of Moses and his calling in his life to lead the Israelites out of bondage. The younger ones hadn't heard the story so I felt compelled to read through it with them. I love reading this story, how Moses was saved as a baby, grew up as a prince, and as an adult realized there was something more for him to do. The Lord meets him at the burning bush, and tells him He sees the suffering of the Hebrews and promises deliverance. Moses is shown great signs by Him to encourage him as he doubts the peoples response to him telling them that the Lord spoke to him. He is also told, Pharaoh WILL NOT LISTEN until God forces His hand. As we arrive at the fifth chapter, Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh to say that God had told them to tell him that he should let His people go so they can worship Him. I wonder how confidant they felt, I mean, God HAD said that he wouldn't listen. The story goes on, Pharaoh says the people must have too much time on their hands to request a three day getaway to worship this God that he didn't know.
SO... He puts them to work, brutally so. And Moses goes to God and asks, “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…”
Ah, the questions, the doubts. We all find ourselves in these places of difficulty and pain. Often forgetting the promises that He has given. Pain, whether physically or emotional, death, rejection, loneliness, things happen that cause us to wonder, to ask: God, are You really in control? Do you really care? Do you see? Will this, can this really work out for good in my life? And if so, how in the world is that possible. And also, what is His plan for this struggle in my life?
Moses' cry is soon answered, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh.” God had made a promise, and He had not forgotten. He goes on to tell Moses to be encouraged, that He had heard their groaning, and that He will indeed bring them into the land that He had promised them. And how do you think the people responded to those words? It says, “..they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.”
In the middle of our sufferings, do we choose to not listen?
Here's our right response...
James 1:2: “Count it all joy my my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
Proverbs 3: 5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
I hope these words encourage you as they have me. Let’s not forget His faithfulness, His love, and ultimately Who He is. Our great God who loves us and hasn't forgotten us.
~ Sarah J.