In Exodus Chapter 5, Moses goes to Pharaoh and says “Let my people go.” [We know at the end of the story, he does let them go, but meanwhile things get much worse.] Pharaoh decides “They have too much time on their hands and so they think about going out to worship God.” [my paraphrase] So Pharaoh tells the taskmaster “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves.” v 8
So now the people have to gather their own straw, BUT still make the same amount of bricks. “Moses, what are you doing to us?! You said God was going to deliver us, but things are WORSE because of you.” [again, my paraphrase]
We then read about the plagues, and how Pharaoh says he will let the people go, but keeps going back on his word.
This happens in our lives. We ask for a new job, but sometimes instead of finding the new job first, we get fired or laid off from the old job–or things get so difficult at the job that we can’t stand it, and it forces us to put more effort into seeking another job. Don’t panic–this just means God is working behind the scenes for us!
When I look back over my life, and think of the times I was so panicked: the money wasn’t there, I had no job–God was working to bring the provision to me. Just because we can’t “see” it, doesn’t mean God forgot about us.
We live in a microwave society that wants everything now.
Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage. –Psalm 27:14