“Since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.” (Exodus 5:23)
God had warned Moses right at the beginning that it would take many wonders before Pharaoh would let the Israelites go. It would not be an easy process. But when Pharaoh rejects Moses’ request indeed and makes the Israelites work harder than ever, both the people and Moses are discouraged.
Moses turns to God in despair: “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?” (Exodus 5:22). His faith in the fulfillment of God’s salvation plan is shaken. The reality seems so different from God’s promises, and Moses doesn’t see how all this should bring about something good.
We might also struggle to trust God’s promises. There is so much suffering and evil; will God really make everything right? Will He really create new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells? Can we trust in his salvation? Walking by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), can be really hard.
The Lord answers Moses: “Now you shall see what I will do…” God will fulfill his promises.
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