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 words from the foremen were painful for Moses, “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. (verse 21).” Primarily, because he agreed with them. You can just sense his sorrow and heartbreak as he speaks to the Lord. Moses has questions and he has done the right thing, he has come to the Lord for He thought that things were going to get better real quick and instead they are rolling downhill.
I believe we can relate to Moses great sorrow because most of us have went through seasons where it just isn’t happening the way we thought it would. We pray because we feel like if we just had an explanation we would do better with our situation.
And to be truthful, we feel like we deserve an explanation. May I caution us to remember that what every man deserves is eternal separation from God. What we deserve is the wrath of God. But God so loved us that He looked past our evil, past our fault and saw our need. He sent His precious Son, Jesus to receive the penalty of our sin upon His back. This alone should let us know that Moses’ assessment of God doing evil to His people is wrong. James 1:13, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He himself tempts no one.“
There are times in the journey this side of glory that we must trust God even when we don’t know the how’s or why’s. When we don’t see His hand, we can always trust His heart. We can always trust His character and His Word. Verses like Ephesians 1:11, “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will in order that we…might be for the praise of His glory. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on our your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” In other words, there are times that we must simply bow to His Sovereignty as we declare with the Psalmist, “As for God, His way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in him (Psalm 18:30).”
Sometimes it may take us a moment to get there, as we see with Moses, but our loving God is patient and He has promised that when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). The best way to do that is just what we see Moses doing, on our knees with our Bibles open, allowing Him to speak to our hearts as we speak with Him. We still may not know all that we want to know but we will find the needed hope, strength, joy, and peace for the journey in Him.
On tomorrow, we will see God’s grace as He patiently helps Moses through this crisis of belief. God is or God isn’t. It is a blessing to know that God is!