Exodus 5:22-23, “Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”
Immediate success is what we all desire when we begin to pursue something meaningful. I remember when I began the adventure of learning how to play the guitar. At that moment in my life all I knew of music was what I learned in choir. However, once I had my new guitar in my hands, I learned the basic chords of G, C and D and tried to play my first song…the same day…it didn’t sound good.
If you’re close to me, you know that if I begin something, I expect to see results sooner then later. How many of us take this mindset with us when God calls us to do something for His kingdom? How many of us begin doubting God’s call for us because we haven’t seen results quick enough?
When I’m reading through Exodus 5:22-23 I can relate with Moses crying to the Lord. Honestly, Moses was probably feeling hopeless, sadness, frustration, doubt etc. At that particular time, when Moses wasn’t seeing any signs of victory, he probably was doubting God’s call.
When God calls for us to surrender our lives for His will, it is a guarantee that we will face hardships. There will be seasons while we will feel as though God has left us to die, and there will be seasons where we will be seeing countless victories. What’s important during these seasons is to remain balanced. To not get to high, but also to not get to low. God is sovereign…He will guide us and use us for His will to be done.
Prayer: Father, help us to lean not on our own understanding or thoughts, but to lean on your understanding. Help us to walk with joy in all circumstances. Help us to not focus on the immediate success/failures, but to see the long-term plans that You have in store when You call us. Lord, we want to serve you in any way possible, so we wait patiently for Your call!