Do you remember when Moses and Aaron first approached Pharaoh?
Moses and Aaron told Pharaoh to let God’s people go so that they could offer sacrifices to the Lord their God and hold a festival. But Pharaoh stated that he would not let the Israelites go. Instead, he doubled the workload for them. Not only did they have to meet the same quota of making bricks, but now they had to obtain the straw to do so as well. It led up to these verses where Moses cried out:
Moses returned to the Lord and said, "Why Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all." – Exodus 5:22-23
I am like Moses. There are times, especially currently, where I expect quicker results from God. Quicker results with as few troubles or hiccups as possible. Yet my own “Pharaoh” is causing trouble. God allowed his hardening of the heart.
It has to make you sit back and think, doesn’t it? Why would God harden your “Pharaoh’s” heart? Why would God allow the troubles, the heartache, the hurt, and the frustration in the situation you are in? The answer is simple really.
Problems and our sufferings can develop our patience and character.
We have to remember four little things: to trust God, honor God, that God is with us, and God has a plan.
We have to trust God to do what is best. Sometimes our current situations may not make complete sense. Sometimes we are like Moses asking God why he let this happen. But, if we stop focusing on the confusing situation itself, and trust God instead, it will put a clear head on our shoulders.
Amid our situation, we have to honor God. We have to look for ways to do so. Make time to spend in His word, in prayer, and just with Him. Remember what He has done for you in times past. Live as if He is doing it again. To honor God will help in trusting Him more.
Moses probably wondered where God was at in his situation with Pharaoh. He probably felt like God wasn’t present. It struck me that way because he told God He hasn’t rescued His people at all. To me, that was like saying, “Hey God, where are you? You said you’d be with me. You said you would save your people, but you haven’t.” Sometimes I feel that way. I am sure you have too. It makes honoring God and trusting Him a bit more difficult if I am honest. But feelings are fleeting, and if we chase them, we are going to have troubles all around. God will never abandon you.
Well, now you must be wondering. If God is with me in this situation, why is He allowing it to happen? The simple truth of the matter is HE HAS A PLAN! God has a plan for our lives. Maybe, just maybe, He is using this present situation to bring about His plan for you. To prepare you. To develop the needed qualities in you. “He does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” Ask God to show you what it is He is teaching you at this moment, in this situation. Watch for God’s plan for you.
Always remember. Though troubling times and situations can be a pain and make you full of heartache, hurt, frustration, and maybe even a bit of anger. Be happy they came your way!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.James 1:2-4