Week 3: Moses and the Exodus
“Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.” Exodus 6:9
No matter how hard we might work to avoid it, our lives will never be completely free from frustration. Each one of us is imperfect and the world is a fallen place which means that we are bound to be disappointed and angry with our circumstances and/or the way that people treat us. Some people struggle with treating others they way they should, respecting others’ time and resources, and listening and having empathy. It’s in the middle of these trying times and hard circumstances that we so quickly to assume that God has left us or doesn’t care about what we’re going through.
Since we live within the construct of time and cannot see how our lives will play out, it’s easy for us as humans to be swayed by our circumstances and equate God’s love and plans for us by how our lives look at our current point in time. You might even be going through something right now, struggling to believe that God cares about you or has your best interest in mind.
When God told Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and ask to set the Israelites free, Pharaoh wouldn’t listen, and it wasn’t just one time. Pharaoh was continually disregarding what Moses and Aaron were asking and brushing off what God was saying through them. That must have been incredibly frustrating for Moses, Aaron, and the Israelites considering that they had a promise that God would deliver them. And even when God sent all kinds of plagues on Egypt, Pharaoh still wouldn’t listen. Moses cried out to God and expressed his frustrations knowing that even if Pharaoh wouldn’t listen, God would.
It’s okay to struggle and doubt, God knows that we aren’t perfect and isn’t surprised by this in the least. But what He doesn’t want is for us to shut him out or believe that His love for us has changed because our circumstances have. Just like God was listening to Moses and the Israelites, He is listening to us just the same. Not only is he listening, but He’s working and acting on our behalf so that His good and perfect plans for us will prevail. We need to continue to talk to God about our frustrations, because He wants to hear them.
Questions to think about:
- When you’re frustrated, who is the first person who run to?
- Do you believe that God hears your prayers and is doing something with them?
- What would it look like for you to run to God with your frustrations and d