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.”
I heard a story about a preacher who had a highly effective ministry. When asked about the secret of his success he replied, ‘I don’t really know. All I can say is I am a serious reader of the Bible.’
God’s Word is congruent with reality. It describes the world as it is. God wants people to take Him simply at His Word, walking by faith and not by sight.
Serious readers of the Bible are careful readers. We need to be. Otherwise we might miss something, or misunderstand it.
As I will say in the next thought, leaders need to know how to bring their troubles to God in prayer. This is a good thing. But in his praying, Moses seems to have completely missed what God foretold about Pharaoh’s intransigence. Had Moses not heard this? Had he forgotten it? Was he simply worn down by the complaining and criticism? The truth is I don’t know. But as Moses prayed this desperate prayer, it was as if God had not said what He clearly had spoken (3:19), namely that Pharaoh would resist, but his resistance would not be the last word on the situation.
“Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done.” C.S.Lewis
PRAYER: Lord God, help me to be diligent in studying and knowing your Word, faithful in believing it, active in obeying it