- Why have You caused trouble for this people?
- And why did You ever send me?
b. Moses may have thought or felt —
- still doubtful that he could do what God called him to do.
- concern and compassion for the people who were suffering.
- the people trusted him and he failed them.
- embarrassed and humiliated.
- anxiety, fear and worry.
- my greatest fear has come to pass.
The following quote from a commentary really blessed me. I already forgot God warned Moses this would happen. He must have, too. How quickly we focus on the current crisis rather than God’s promise.
The Lord had told Moses that Pharaoh wouldn’t respond positively to him at first and that He would perform miracles that would break Pharaoh’s resistance (Exodus 3:19-20). So, Moses had been prepared by the Lord for this very thing. But all Moses could see at this time was the physical fact that things were worse for the Israelites instead of better. This fueled his doubts that he could accomplish what the Lord called him to do.
That type of thinking was true if all that was considered were the physical facts that could be seen. However, everything was going according to schedule if viewed with spiritual sight. The Lord told Moses this would happen.
This is often the way it is with those who are called by the Lord to help set others free. They have big hopes of wonderful things happening, but typically, people turn and persecute instead of embracing them. But it’s not over until it’s over. If we persist with what God has called us to do, there is victory as the prize. ~ Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
7. a. When has your obedience to God seemed to make things worse for others?
I deal mostly with protests from those close to me who want my undivided attention. They feel neglected or that I don’t care enough about them.
Often, something or someone is neglected because I lingered too long on something. Juggling and setting time limits doesn’t come naturally to me. Sadly, hindsight doesn’t fix the problem.
I wish I had specific direction and specific words from God the way Moses did.
The things God calls me to do are often very general. This is the order they came:
- Assist your son in caring for their five children. (His wife has a chronic illness.)
- Attend BSF.
- Take care of your aging father.
- Your husband will need extra help since he had a heart attack.
The last one is a fact and not a command.
God didn’t say,
- “Drop everything else and write.” or
- “Check everything else off the list, and take care of your dad.” or
- “Do Every-Single-Thing one of those nine people asks you to do.” nor did He say
- “And I will show exactly how to do it and tell you exactly what to say.” nor did He
- Give me a staff that I can turn into a snake. Imagine how handy would that be when the grand-kids aren’t listening. Instead of “Don’t make me come over there!” I could say, “Don’t make me drop this staff!”
b. When my thoughts and feelings are similar to those of Moses, I can—
- Confess them to the Lord and ask for forgiveness.
- Ask Him to help my unbelief.
- Remember His promises. He can and will make a way where there seems to be no way.
- Focus on His promises—the things unseen.
- No matter what the situation, Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
The scripture reference links and quotes in this lesson are HCSB unless otherwise noted.