God’s people had been praying earnestly for years to be free from the oppression of Pharaoh. Their lives were made “bitter” with “hard service” relentlessly “as slaves”. They called out, desperate for God to deliver them. When Moses saw how God’s people were being treated he killed an Egyptian task master, one day, who was beating someone. When Moses heard the Pharaoh intended to have him killed, Moses fled. God, in turn, heard the cries of His people and sent Moses back to rescue them.
22Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23For 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.” (ExodusMoses fought hard to free them (according to God’s instructions) then lead them out of Egypt while God went before them as a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night.
And what if, after all of that, God’s people turned around and went right back to Pharaoh?
17When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. (Exodus 13:17-18. ESV.)It sounds to me, God knows us oh too well. I notice here, too, how God did not take Pharaoh out of the equation, rather He moved all of His people out of harm’s way.
Can the same be said for us, today? Does God hear our cries for deliverance? Many times I have heard, God wants us to “change our hearts” or “Until God removes that person from your life…” Did God want the Israelites to “change their hearts” toward Pharaoh? Perhaps it depends on the situation. If it is not one where there is an issue of safety, maybe then. And, what about the Holy Spirit? The Israelites did not have the Holy Spirit at that time, but we do today. Does the Holy Spirit “change our hearts” or alert us to sin? When Moses heard Pharaoh wanted to kill him should he have stuck around and “changed his heart” toward Pharaoh? What about when David was facing Goliath? How about when David was told Saul wanted to kill him?
The body of Christ is like iron sharpening iron. We may not always understand. We might not be able to relate. But people cannot do or handle somethings on their own. David had Johnathan and
the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. (1 Samuel 18:1. ESV.)