SOMETIMES THINGS GET WORSE before they get better. Take a lesson from perhaps the greatest leader of all times, Moses. I’m reading through Exodus and in 3:19, the Lord clearly tells Moses that through all the miracles, Pharaoh will not let the Israelites go. Then two chapters later, Moses goes before Pharaoh and just as God said, he doesn’t let them go; and so Moses complains to God, “So Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.”” Exodus‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭

WAS Moses even listening? He either ignored what God said to him, he wasn’t listening, or perhaps he just plain forgot; but isn’t that just like us? God speaks, we expect immediate results and success; it doesn’t happen when we think it should, it gets worse and so we complain to God. I heard it said that God operates in three phases: first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done. We can often believe for the impossible. Moses and all the people saw miracles. We see God move and miraculously open doors that no man can shut. But then the difficult season comes. This is the time that most will faint and grow weary.

The difficult season always comes with great opposition. And yes, it often gets worse. It becomes more difficult. You can begin to believe the lie, “Did God really say?” Did God really open this door? Is the difficult way the right way? Just because it’s hard does not mean it’s not of God. I would say the opposite is true. The narrow path is the one of difficulty and affliction. Obedience to God doesn’t always bring immediate success. I wish this were true. I have seen at times immediate results and answers, but more often it takes years to come to fruition. A seed planted won’t produce an immediate harvest. Are you in a time of disappointment? For the love of all that’s holy, do not blame and complain against the Lord! This will only bring destruction.

Have you been clinging on to God’s Word only to not see things happen? You’re in good company. Moses led the Israelites through 40 years of wandering and he was only permitted to look at the Promised land from a distance. Don’t lose hope, but also do not be rash with your words like Moses. His disobedience was very costly.

You must continue to walk by faith and not by sight. Hold fast to His Word and trust His timing. Hold your tongue. Be obedient to the Lord and the difficult season. God will do what He said He would do, in His time and His way. Soon it will be done if you do not lose heart and faint. Receive instruction from the life of the persecuted and often afflicted apostle Paul: “Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.

But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.”‭‭Acts‬ ‭27:20-22, 24-25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬#runyourrace

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