Have you ever been in a situation where you feel God is going to turn things around yet things seem to get worse instead of better?
There was a time in my life where I felt God was going to move. I believed that He was going to redeem a situation that had turned out terribly bad. But He didn’t: In fact it got worse!
The other day I was reading from the book of Exodus and there was a verse that really stood out to me.
Exodus is the story of God rescuing his people from slavery on Egypt. God speaks to a man named Moses and tells him to go to the people and tell them that God has remembered the promise He made to their forefather Abraham and that He will indeed rescue them and take them to the land He promised them.
However, as Moses begins to approach the pharaoh and ask for their release the opposite starts to happen. Pharaoh increases the oppression of the Israelites by making them work harder.
However God reassures Moses that all is in hand and that He will do as He said and deliver the people.
Then we read that when Moses went to reassure the people they did not listen to Him, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery, Exodus 6:9.
As I read this I asked God, “When I am discouraged and things seem to be getting harder instead of easier are there times that I stop tuning in to you?”
Previously when Moses had delivered God’s message they had a very different response.
“And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.” Exodus 4:31.
Here we see the Israelites oppressed by Pharaoh yet when the word of God came to them they heard, believed, bowed and worshipped.
So what is the difference between this and the second time God spoke to them?
The main difference is that things had gotten worse. There oppression had increased.
So in the increasing hardship of the situation the people had begun to doubt God and not listen to Him. The pain and hopelessness of what they were facing overshadowed their relationship with God. They became focused on their situation rather than God.
When situations become overwhelming there can be a tendency to focus on ourselves. We fixate on what is happening to us and what we can do about it rather than running to God.
My encouragement to you today is that if you are in a season that seems to be getting worse rather than better and you are wondering where God is in it? Make the same choice the Israelites initially did: Hear from God, believe in Him, humble yourself before Him and worship Him, trusting in faith that He is at work to bring about good.
We have the privilege of being able to see the full story of how God rescued His people and fulfilled what He had promised them. Trust that God is at work in your situation and continue to focus on Him.
I long to see break through in certain areas of my life. Even though I am not seeing it right now I choose to believe You at your word and to honor and worship you in the waiting.
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