“They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”" (Exodus 14:11)
We like the other part of the story. Moses raises his staff, the Red Sea parts, the chosen ones cross on dry land and the enemies are snuffed out in the triumphant glory of God’s justice.
But on the eve of this great event, was there a spirit of heightened expectation? A furor among a people preparing for deliverance? No. In fact, all seemed lost. The mood was blacker than the cloud which hid them. Like some group-think Stockholm Syndrome, the people actually yearned for their oppression.
Seems ridiculous in hindsight, doesn’t it? But we don’t live every day with the benefit of hindsight as it relates to our circumstances, do we? We go through our daily motions often feeling like there’s no straw to be found for the bricks we’re supposed to be building in our lives, our families, our schooling or our work. We want to be delivered. I know, because I’ve been there too. We all have.
But often when deliverance comes, it doesn’t take the form that we think it should. Exodus teaches us a valuable lesson. Sometimes our deliverance feels like a dead-end.
Take heart. While our perspective is like tunnel vision, God’s is not. Exodus 2 tells us that God heard the groans of his people and took notice. Isn’t that an encouraging thought? Just because nothing seems to be happening, or perhaps your circumstances seem to be getting worse, doesn’t mean the world is ending.
We know the end of the story. “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today… The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Are you willing to be silent and wait on the Lord?