Have you been in a seemingly impossible situation? A series of tasks that don’t seem to have a conclusion. A child that has drifted from the truth. An illness that has overtaken your life.
Moses must have felt that way. He had pleaded multiple times with Pharaoh to let the Israelite people leave Egypt, yet the ruler was unrelenting, turning up the heat on them and requiring more with less. In our lives, it might look like added duties to the job, the child seemingly straying beyond the point of no return, or the doctor ordering another round of treatment to your medically-weary body. Any resolution, regardless of the situation, seems unattainable.
Moses left Pharaoh’s palace distraught. He shook his fist at God. “How can you mistreat your own people like this? Why did you ever send me if you were going to do this to them (Exodus 5:22 TLB)?”
But everything was working according to schedule – God’s schedule. He had stated plainly that Pharaoh would refuse. Yes, conditions were bad – as bad as they’d ever been – but it was not for Moses to look at the conditions and become discouraged. It was for him to look up and to recognize that God would care for his people.
It’s something I need to remember when another task is added to a job, the child moves further away, or that ailment continues like a pebble caught in one’s shoe.
Tom Julien writes in Spiritual Greatness: Studies in Exodus (BMH Books, 1979 out-of-print), “Our Lord would teach us that without Him, things are not only difficult – they are utterly impossible.” Julien points out that in Exodus 6:2-8, the splendor of God’s person and purposes are spread out before Moses in gracious review. “This passage is a gem for anyone who is passing through deep waters and needs to be lifted above the hopelessness of his circumstances.”
In these verses, God makes a pledge to Moses:
God also makes a pledge to the Israelites:
Those promises are just as applicable for the 21st century. Regardless of how hopeless the circumstances seem; God is always there. He will deliver us from our burdens; he will loosen the bonds that bind us. He will redeem us and provide for us in the future.
What seemingly impossible situations have you found yourself in?
How did God answer your prayers?
Do our reactions in times of crisi