God in the Disappointments
I wanted to share another glimpse of God's character that I have found a huge help in times where I feel disappointed or that God hasn't 'showed up' or delivered. We're back in Exodus, and Moses has been asked by God to go and ask Pharoah to 'let God's people go'.
If you don't know the story - Moses is really not too keen on the idea of approaching Pharaoh - and he completely panics, asking God to send somebody else instead. But God asks Moses's brother Aaron to go with him, and so they approach Pharaoh for the first time, asking him to let the Israelites go.
“Is that so?” retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go.”(Exodus 5:2)
Not only does Pharaoh say no, but he actually increases the workload of the Israelites. Moses is absolutely humiliated in front of the Israelites, who are angry and upset with him for making their lives worse.
Moses has stepped out in huge faith here - following God's command to approach Pharaoh, and putting himself at great risk. He is nervous, scared, tired, and no doubt emotionally drained. Despite having trusted God, it all seems to be hopeless - Pharaoh has outright refused to listen to Moses, and the Israelites are in a worse situation than ever before. Moses completely despairs....
Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 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.” (Exodus 5:22-23)
Have you ever felt like this? Maybe you have tried so hard to do the right thing, but still you've seen no results at all? Maybe you have been bold in saying something about your faith at school, but at the moment it just feels like you've damaged your popularity. It can feel like God hasn't 'shown up'.
Moses goes on to face a whole host of disappointments across Exodus - but he keeps trusting God, who promises to deliver at the right time. But in the end (see Exodus 6 below), it's very clear that God really did 'show up', like He always said He would. Even though Moses despaired, he was right not to lose hope in God - an attitude I'm trying to model in my own life, even when I face disappointments.
We have a Father who remembers us, who keeps his promises, and who WILL provide for us at the right time - especially in the disappointments.
Read for yourself: Exodus 6:1-8
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.”
God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord.I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself fully known to them.I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners.Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.
Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and has the absolute joy of overseeing it on a regular basis. She is spending a year working in Marketing for a wonderful Cambridge tech company, and is getting married in June!