Shouldn’t following God be easy? So we think sometimes. But God oftentimes has other plans. Exodus chapter five could be summarized with the quip: “Sometimes things get worse before they get better!”
God’s people have been enslaved in Egypt and they are crying out to God for deliverance (Exodus 2.23-25). God is gracious and announces his sovereign intentions to save his people through Moses. As Moses comes to the people in Exodus chapter four he states God’s design. Exodus 4.31 states the people’s response:
So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned about the sons of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshipped.
The people’s belief quickly turns sour as they face hardship. In response to Moses’ initial confrontation with Pharaoh the people of Israel face even harsher conditions in terms of having to make bricks without straw. When the people learn of this and that is a result of Moses’ interference they quickly turn on Moses: “May the Lord look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh’s sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us” (Exodus 5.22). Even Moses prays a pitiful prayer: “O Lord, why have you brought harm to this people? Why did you ever send me?” (Exodus 5.23).
Don’t we do the same thing? God has given us precious promises. Consider this famous passage from Romans 8.28:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.
This is easy to believe when everything is good well. But when life begins to get hard we quickly forget the promises of our kind King. The Lord is looking for us to trust him—to take him at his word—even when life is hard. Life may get hard and unbearable at times. Look to the promises of God in faith. He has not changed—he is still for you and loves you in Christ Jesus his Son!