To use an overworked adage, SOMETIMES THINGS SEEM TO “GO FROM BAD TO WORSE” when you’re trusting the Lord… EVEN WHEN deliverance from a bad situation or circumstance is near! I was reminded of that this morning as I read the account of the Israelites in Egypt in Exodus 5 and 6.
Moses, at the direction of God Himself, had gone to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and said “Let my people go so that they can worship Me.” Pharaoh’s response? “Who is the Lord, that I should obey Him – I do not know the Lord! … Why are you taking the people away from their labor?! Get back to work! … They are lazy, that is why they are crying out ‘Let us go and sacrifice tour God.’ Make their work harder!”
And Pharaoh did make their work harder! Things went from “bad to worse”! The people of Israel didn’t understand! They complained bitterly to Moses! And Moses, in turn, complained to God! He said, “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 recued 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 have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘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. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD!'” (From Exodus 6.1-8)
And the Lord did! He did exactly as He promised! So this morning if you’ve been trusting the promises of God and yet things seem to be going “from bad to worse” just remember, that may mean that deliverance is near! GOD IS FAITHFUL! HE WILL KEEP HIS PROMISE! The Children of Israel discovered that! God was faithful… He kept His promise.