“Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.” (Exodus 5:23, 6:1)
Have you ever prayed for deliverance only to watch things get worse instead of better? In the above passage, I can hear the frustration Moses is feeling. Lord, I am doing what you told me to do and look…things are going from bad to worse. Why isn’t this situation getting any better?
I love the Lord’s words after Moses questions him.
Now you will see.
Sometimes, God allows our situations to get worse before they get better in order to open our eyes completely. God knows exactly when our hearts and our eyes will be ready.
Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; Because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.
Sometimes, God allows for our situations to get worse instead of better so that when deliverance does come there will be no doubt who deserves all the credit and all the praise.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.
You have done such wonderful things.
Who can compare with you, O God?
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
You will restore me to even greater honor
and comfort me once again.
Then I will praise you with music on the harp,
because you are faithful to your promises, O my God.
I will sing praises to you with a lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
I will shout for joy and sing your praises,
for you have ransomed me.
I will tell about your righteous deeds
all day long,
for everyone who tried to hurt me
has been shamed and humiliated.
Psalm 71: 19-24