Exodus 5: The Path Is Simple, But Not Easy!
Does following God ever feel like it just gets harder and harder? That is the experience of Moses and Aaron in chapter 5 of Exodus. They’ve done exactly what God told them to do! They go to Pharaoh and say, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’” But Pharaoh, instead of allowing them to do what God has told them, makes life even harder for them!
Sometimes this is what following God can feel like. He asks us to do something, but the more we try to do it, the more obstacles we come up against. We get frustrated, and just like Moses, we say, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me?”
And maybe your life feels that way right now, maybe the things God has placed in your heart feel like they are becoming harder and harder to accomplish. If this is the situation you find yourself in, I have two encouragements for you:
First, you are not the only person to feel this way. Throughout history, even back to this incredible leader Moses, people have been frustrated when the path does not seem easy. The beautiful thing about following God is that we do not go it alone, but rather we experience it in the context of a community of people who, just like us, are walking this God-path. Reach out to those around you and ask them, “How do you walk the God-path when it seems so hard?” Find encouragement from the people around you who are also walking this path.
Second, this is not the only chapter in the story. Just as Exodus 5 is only a part of a greater story, in which God will deliver his people, and Moses will accomplish what God has set before him, so too is your current experience only a part of a greater story. Know that God will partner with you to accomplish His plans and that just like He promises Moses in Chapter 3, so too does He say to you, “I will be with you.”
Is there any area in your life where the God-path seems to be getting harder and harder? Who can you reach out to for encouragement?
What situation can you remember where the road seemed hard, but then you accomplished what God had set before you? How can this encourage you in the place you are in now?