DCLM Daily Manna 25 January 2022
Topic: No Quick Fix
TEXT: Exodus 5:15-23
“For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.” – (Exodus 5:23)
Challenges of life often breed severe pain and discomfort. As a result, we tend to desire a quick fix from the Lord, that He would waste no time in giving us a solution. But God does not work by man’s timetable; nor does He always answer when we desire it most.
Moses did not quite understand this in the early part of his ministry. In obedience to God, he had gone to Pharaoh to demand that he should let Israel go and worship the Lord. Instead of granting their request, Pharaoh strengthened the severity of the people’s working conditions.
Whereas in the past he provided straw with which they made bricks, now they were to source for their own straw, even as he refused to reduce the quantity of bricks they were to produce daily. He felt the Israelites had a lot of idle time, hence their agitation for freedom to go and serve God.
Seeing that their hard labour had now been made harsher, the Israelites bitterly blamed Moses and Aaron for their worsening condition of work. Moses himself complained to God about Pharaoh’s unkind response. He wondered why he was sent on this mission, adding that speaking to Pharaoh had done more evil to the Israelites.
God does not always answer our prayers when and how we expect it. The fact that the hardship and suffering we are experiencing have persisted does not mean that He is not at work on our behalf. Such tough experiences are often meant to increase our faith and enable us to trust God to do the best for us. He will not abandon His children.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Quick solutions are not always the best remedy.
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