When Things Go Bad
Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.” - Exodus 5:22-23
Have you ever felt like things couldn’t get any worse, then something bad happens that never crossed your mind? We can experience this as an individual, as a nation, as a world. What then? What about when you believe you are doing the right thing for God, and it seems as though the wicked or the troubles increase or haven’t changed. What then?
We question God, we doubt His love for us, for humanity, for living creatures, and His creation. We even doubt His existence.
God has a response for our dilemma “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts your thoughts.” - Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
Basically, God’s ways are not always understandable while in our emotional state of despair and hopelessness, but I do know that God wants to be known and to know us. He wants to have a relationship with us. He wants us to know that nothing is impossible with Him and to put our hope and trust in Him. He has a greater purpose in mind.
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: “I am the LORD. I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their slavery. I will redeem you by my outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgement. I will take you as my own people, and I will be Your God; and you will know that I, the LORD, am your God, who has freed you from the burdens of the Egyptians.” - Exodus 6: 6-7 (NAB Revised Edition)
While being delivered from slavery, it was hard to see the purpose of God in the hardship. Sometimes it takes going through the struggle to see how God was involved because God sees the entire picture when we at times only see our circumstances.
Heavenly Father, thank You in advance for bringing us out from our burdens and bondage. Thank You that You will show us that You are the LORD our God. Help us to cry out to You as You reveal Yourself to us and the world. May we turn to You.
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