During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.’

33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. ‘For otherwise,’ they said, ‘we will all die!’ 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favourably disposed towards the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

“Everything is subject to God’s timing and everything depends on it”

So you believe God is calling you to go somewhere else. It does happen! But time and again you are thwarted. Your way seems blocked. Still, the conviction that you are to leave does not go away. You continue to hear the Lord say ‘Go!’ What’s going on here? What are you to do?

Well, take heart from this story that in God’s time:

  • He will order the circumstances (see verses 31 and 33.) Now both Pharaoh and his people opened the door for the Israelites to walk through. They finally really wanted them out of the country. They were aligned with what God wanted;
  • He will provide all that is needed (see verse 36). As we have noted before, we may well find ourselves amazed at just how God provides.

“One morsel of God’s provision, especially when it comes in unexpectedly, and upon prayer, when wants are most, will be more sweet”: John Flavel

PRAYER: Lord help me to clearly hear your directions. I don’t want to be guided by my own fertile imagination. I know I can get things wrong. But when I do hear your voice, please enable me to trust your timing and provision