devotionals, Exodus

When Things Get Worse When You Pray

Moses was given an assignment from God – send a message to Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and lead the people to a land of freedom. Although Moses had his share of doubts, he obeyed God and did as was instructed.

However, when Moses obeyed God, did something good happen right away? (No, things actually got worse.)

How do you think Moses felt when he obeyed God and the troubles of the Israelite slaves were made worse?

Sometimes things get worse before they get better. In the end Moses did in fact lead the Israelites to freedom, but their circumstances definitely got worse before they tasted any sort of freedom from their problems.

When Moses was in a state of confusion because his circumstances didn’t match his obedience, he cried out to God, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”

“I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.” (Ex. 5:22-6:8)

When things seem to get worse when you pray and trust, remember, Moses too went through this sort of trial. God wasn’t ignoring Moses or making things difficult without purpose. Sometimes the valleys we walk through must become very low before we recognize the height of God’s power and love.

*Joining Holley Gerth