August 7 – Exodus 5:1-14
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Heavenly Father, there are so many lessons in these verses. Obedience doesn’t always mean things are going to be easy, or even better than they are now. We have a tendency to believe if we do as we should, everything will be wonderful, but that isn’t always the case. We can eat right, exercise and still have high blood pressure, or get cancer. I can be obedient to You, as Moses and Aaron were, and things can get worse. I don’t always understand why things happen the way they do, but I have to trust in You, that You are using my pain to teach me, or someone else to trust You, or to see You differently. Sometimes I know I won’t ever see the “why” things happen, but please help me trust You through the days that don’t make sense. Help me realize those days might even stretch into years, but that You are faithful to stand by me, and sometimes even carry me through those times. Help me relax in Your arms and allow You to carry me when I can’t seem to stand. I know I can’t rely on my own strength Lord. Help me realize that daily. My strength is never enough. I need to lean into You. I need to allow You to carry me. When I rely on my strength, I’m going to fail. Thank you for always carrying me, loving me, comforting me, and drying my tears.
In Jesus’ name.
Moses and Aaron obeyed God’s command to approach Pharaoh only for Pharaoh to retaliate causing the Israelites to suffer even more afflictions. Their fear of Pharaoh not responding in a positive way had proven to be right. How do you think this left Moses and Aaron feeling?
Do you think they felt responsible for the Israelites’ pain?
They had followed God’s exact commands and yet Pharaoh imposed more suffering on them. Do you think they wondered where God was?
Have you prayed for something or someone and felt as if God has not heard you?
Think of it this way: you see something online that you want to order. Sometimes the order is shipped immediately. Other times your shipment is promised in a week, two weeks, or maybe even a month. Sometimes you’re told your item is no longer available and you will not be receiving it.
God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is immediate, other times we are called to wait and yet other times, the answer is no.
It’s not until we are on the other side of the situation that we always understand why the answer is no. Quite possibly, we may not understand the answer until we get to Heaven.
Remember, regardless of the timing, God is in the situation and in every detail. Continue to pray with faithfulness and trust that God hears you. We may not understand the answer but be assured God wants only the best for you.
Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’” 2 But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.” 3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” 4 But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your burdens.” 5 And Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land are now many,[a] and you make them rest from their burdens!” 6 The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen, 7 “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”
10 So the taskmasters and the foremen of the people went out and said to the people, “Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not give you straw. 11 Go and get your straw yourselves wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced in the least.’” 12 So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13 The taskmasters were urgent, saying, “Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw.” 14 And the foremen of the people of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, “Why have you not done all your task of making bricks today and yesterday, as in the past?”