Today I reflect on my reading in Exodus with Pastor Todd’s sermon about the trials we face in life and the hope we can have in God. The meeting place of these ideas is in the trials we face and how hard it is to understand why God lets things go so long…
22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”
1 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.”
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
Peter writes about the people of God experiencing trials and how it brings glory to God when we withstand trials in faith. Moses inquired of God: why bring trouble on the people when you said you would rescue them? It is hard to remain faithful when we are under trial and attack, isn’t it?
God had a bigger plan than Moses could fathom in the case of Pharaoh. God would rescue the people by his mighty hand, lest Pharaoh or anyone else claim it was the king’s will or human hands which enabled the exodus. It would be by God’s strength that Pharaoh would release them.
Often the depth of a trial or the duration of it will make it seem to us that we can get through it in our own perseverance and strength. God will lengthen and deepen the pain on occasion to ensure we know he is the one carrying us through it. This can make us blame God, just like Moses and the leaders of Israel did.
Yet in the perspective of eternity – when we get ourselves out of time and into God’s point of view – we can see that he refines us and fashions us into the image of Christ through our trials, and he is faithful to his promises and his almighty power in his rescue.