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All that matters is trusting God

The Israelite foremen saw that they were in trouble when they were told, “You cannot reduce your daily quota of bricks.” When they left Pharaoh, they confronted Moses and Aaron, who stood waiting to meet them. May the Lord take note of you and judge,” they said to them, “because you have made us reek to Pharaoh and his officials—putting a sword in their hand to kill us!” So Moses went back to the Lord and asked, “Lord, why have you caused trouble for this people? And why did you ever send me? Ever since I went in to Pharaoh to speak in your name he has caused trouble for this people, and you haven’t rescued your people at all.” Exodus 5:19-23

Moses was commanded by God to lead the Israelites out from Egyptian bondage. He will do this by telling Pharaoh to let his people go (Exodus 5:1). Yet, Moses did not know how God would deliver His people out of Egypt. Later, he realized that God’s plan of leading out the Israelites from Egypt included the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 7:3). Moses did not anticipate the way God will deal with Pharaoh. Pharaoh made life very difficult for Israelites that they came to Moses accusing him that God’s ways would result to death among the Israelites. “You have put a sword into their hands, an excuse to kill us! (Exodus 5:21). Because of this, Moses was hated by the Israelites. This prompted Moses to return to the Lord and inquired what had just transpired. “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? (Exodus 5:22). There are times that Christians tend to second-guess God. This has led to so many frustrations because God at times work His will in ways that believers did not anticipate. There are times that we move having false assumptions presuming we know how God thinks and what He will do. Then, when things did not work the way we wanted we get discourage and blame God. It is foolishness making assumptions about God’s will and basing our actions on what seemed to us as “common sense.” God does not eliminate common sense but there will be times that He elevates it to a different level of understanding. This is why He provides wisdom so we could follow Him even when what He is asking from us is outside of the norm. This is how we grow trusting Him. Your frustrations doing God’s will are lessened when you do not try to anticipate the result of your actions and all that mattered to you was to obey Him. All He asks of you is to obey and let Him take care of the result. What matters to Him is our obedience. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).


Noel De Guzman

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