A Breakthrough Word – Part 2
“‘May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.’” (Exodus 5:21 NIV)
This is the test for anyone who clings to “thus says the Lord.” After we pray or step out in obedience, things may get worse before they get better! Instead, the problem becomes magnified. Like Moses, we are tempted to doubt the word God gave us. Parents who pray afresh for a wayward daughter are crushed when her behavior worsens. A pastor who seeks God to revive his church is dismayed when his godly efforts yield criticism instead of contrition. Folks who prayerfully adopt a destitute child encounter medical or emotional problems they never saw coming. Often, standing on God’s promises involves more than we bargained for.
When the Hebrew foremen protested Pharaoh’s unfair labor practices, they were thrown out of his palace. Instead of running to Moses to ask for help, they let him have it…
Trusting in the Lord did not make Moses’ life easier but instead placed him on a spiritual and emotional roller coaster. The Hebrews who had bowed in worship when they first heard God’s message now wished they had never encouraged their emancipator. Instead they blamed him for a new load of hardships. All of this was too much for Moses, who asked God, “O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all” (Exodus 5:22-23).
Bewilderment and discouragement overwhelmed the servant of God. The word Moses received out of the burning bush had not come to pass. What exactly was going on? Hadn’t he obeyed God’s instructions? Where was the promised deliverance? Moses couldn’t deny that God had spoken to him, but the word of the Lord was sorely testing him.
Like Moses, we must go through the same process if we want to walk and pray in faith. Like him, we need to cling to the word of the Lord despite the negative circumstances we see around us…
To be continued…
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Breakthrough Prayer)
Read Exodus 5:19-23.