Thursday, January 22, 2009

Broken Expectations


Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” Exodus 5:22-23

Must have been very interesting to be Moses right at this time. I mean we already know the end of the story, and yes, the people did get let go but, here we see that at this moment nothing is happening. In fact what is happening is opposite. Instead of the great miracle Moses was expecting, he was faced with a unshakeable Pharaoh who did not want to give in. Instead seeing an instant miracle, Moses was then charged with a long and lengthly process for the freedom of Israel. But maybe something needed to be learned or an expectation or a plan needed to die. Maybe the process was for Moses to give up what he was expecting and then let God do what he needed to do. It comes to the point where Moses even questions his role in what is going on. But through this Moses’ character was built, his leadership was solidified, and he came out stronger through the trials. What if God didn’t allow it? What if the miracle was quick? I wonder how different Moses would have been.

Why did God bring this lesson to me? It’s kind of funny, there is something that I am in desperate need of a miracle, but some reason or another, God is not providing miraculously, instead it is becoming a difficult struggle. But looking at what Moses is learning, maybe there is a lesson here. Instead of looking at the struggle, I should concentrate what God is trying to teach me. Instead of looking at the problems, I should see God working through this. Moses grew through trials, so why shouldn’t I?

Lord trials and tribulations are difficult, and maybe there is a task. Help me too keep my eye on the goal and not give up no matter what.

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