The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” 20 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; 21 and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
22 Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 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.”
The foremen knew they were in trouble and responded by blaming Moses and Aaron for Pharaoh increasing their workload and not giving them the necessary supplies to do the work.
I was reminded of this image as I read this section of Scriptures. “Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because He is trying to change your heart.”
We live in a microwave society. Everything right now, instant gratification. The Isaelites believed that God was going to deliver them and were more than ready for this to happen. The issue they are experiencing is because they wanted it to happen, right now. The problem is that is not God’s plan or timing!
God develops His character in His children and one of the lessons for the Israelites (and for us) is to learn how to wait in times of trouble and remain in faith. The Lord is always doing more than one thing at a time and we must trust that His ways and timing are perfect.
There is a song we sing in our church and the words say, “I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting, I don’t mind waiting on you, Lord! The truth in the tough times we sometimes do mind, while all the time He is working in us to develop a spirit of patient anticipation and expectation. “This God – His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him (Psalm 18:30).” There is no failure in our God and He is worthy of our trust no matter how horrible our circumstances may seem.
Perhaps you have been waiting on the Lord, continue to trust Him, continue to anticipate His movement, continue to expect our God to fulfill His promises and keep you until you see the manifestation of His Word in your life. For me, I simply confess out loud who I know Him to be, “He is the Lifter of my head and the Keeper of my soul. No failure.” Sometimes I have to say it more than once but surely I believe it and find it effective in casting down the lies of the enemy which helps me to wait on the Lord.
We are so easy to forget and use our words carelessly. The foremen accuse Moses and Aaron of making them stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and putting a sword in their hand to kill them. One can only imagine how painful these words were for Moses and Aaron to hear. We can tell this work of the enemy was effective for in the next verse, we see Moses questioning God in a similar manner. We will look at it on tomorrow but Moses has it right…he takes his questions to God!