Exodus 5:1-23

Am I accepting bondage as God’s best for me? Chapter Five contains the first Israelite mood swing, in a long line of many. At the end of Chapter Four they praise God…

…when they hear that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. (4:31)

The next day, when their circumstances are much worse, they are angry and curse Moses and Aaron saying, “May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh…” (vs.21)

And instead of reminding them of the Lord’s promise and power, Moses takes on the same attitude, saying to God, “Why have you brought trouble upon this people?….you have not rescued [them] at all.” (vs.22, 23) But wait. God told Moses that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart. He told him that Pharaoh wouldn’t let the people go. He told him that signs and wonders would be necessary. (4:21)

Moses and the Israelites are completely and only focused on current circumstances, not God’s plan or his sovereignty to make it happen. They are more uncomfortable today than yesterday, so God must be failing them. He must be ignoring them.

But the only real bondage is the oppression of a hard heart…and the chains of shortsightedness.

Jesus, help me to see past disappointment, inconvenience, and even pain…by focusing on the hundreds of promises and assurances in scripture that point to your sovereignty, to your grace, and to your purpose. You absolutely have my back….even when it doesn’t feel or look like it. You absolutely work all things together for my good, according to your purpose. You never once promise to remove trouble or hardship or danger. Instead, you promise that I will never be left to face it alone. And you promise to make me more than a conqueror. This really is enough.