“Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.” ” (Exodus 5:22–23, NASB95)
Let me paraphrase Moses’ words above. “Lord, I didn’t want to go back to Egypt. I told You I didn’t want to go back. I went because you forced me to. You convinced me that something good was going to happen for my people. I did what you asked me to do and THINGS HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE. The people are being treated even worse than they were before, and there is no sign that You are delivering them.”
Ever been there in your Christian walk? You are confident that you are following the Lord’s lead, but what you are experiencing would tell you just the opposite. Isn’t it interesting that this world is usually kicking us in the chins when we are obedient to God. Paul tells Timothy, “Those who live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. This world will always wage war with the truth we proclaim and try to live.
But what about the fact that Moses went there to deliver Israel from suffering and just the opposite is happening? Here is where we have to surrender to God’s higher wisdom. His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts (Is. 55:8). The good news is that His ways are always better than our ways (even if it doesn’t seem like it). So, what do we do when we run into a situation like Moses’? Just what He did. We tell God what we think; and He straightens out our thinking :-). God responded to Moses by assuring him that Israel’s redemption would be soon. God then began the first of ten plagues.
So, what is the takeaway? Honesty is the best policy with God, but just don’t be so stubborn that you don’t allow Him to show you that His way will ultimately work out best.