2 God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself fully known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as foreigners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.
6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”
Exodus 6:2-8 (New International Version)
We live in a world that is full of hardships ranging from financial woes to physical ailments. As followers of Christ, we are instructed to trust in the Lord during these ordeals. However, when bad things happen, what is usually our first response? When crisis hits, we have a tendency to feel anxious, upset, and maybe even a little angry. Why do we feel anxious instead of peace when we face difficulties?
In Exodus 5, Moses commanded Pharaoh to let Israel go free. The King of Egypt refused to heed the word of the Lord spoken through Moses, and decided to punish the Israelites by making their already hard labor even more laborious. The people, because of their pain, became angry at Moses; and Moses, in turn complained to the Lord wanting to know why He would allow these hardships to happen to His people.
The Source of Anxiety
The source of all anxiety in any crisis is doubt. Moses was afraid because he began to have second thoughts on whether God would truly save Israel from their bondage, due to the difficulty that the people were facing. We become upset when hardships hit because we doubt that the Lord will indeed see us through during this crisis.
Pause and Remember
When we doubt that the Lord will save us, it’s important to take pause and reflect on what the Lord has done for us in the past. As we look back on previous difficulties, we notice time and time again, the Lord helping us when we call on Him. When we consider all the times that the Lord has delivered us in the past, it will help us to remember one important aspect about God. When the Lord makes a promise, He does not take it back. If He has saved us before from previous difficulties, He will save us again.
When God spoke to Moses in Exodus 6, He reaffirmed the promises that He had made to the nation of Israel. He reminded Moses that He knows and hears the groans of His people; and He will deal with their injustice accordingly. God also reassures him that Israel’s destiny is not to live their lives in Egypt, but to have a land of their own in Canaan. I can imagine that these words from God encouraged Moses to keep going in his mission.
Hardship often hinders us from trusting in the Lord’s salvation. When this happens, we need to come to God and reflect on His promises to us. Whatever the Almighty has promised, He will do; and He has promised that He will be with us always, even to the end of time. Therefore, let us draw strength in God’s promise and find peace, even in the darkest of times.