Pharaoh took immediate action. He sent down orders to the slave-drivers and their underlings: “Don’t provide straw for the people for making bricks as you have been doing. Make them get their own straw. And make them produce the same number of bricks—no reduction in their daily quotas! They’re getting lazy. They’re going around saying, ‘Give us time off so we can worship our God.’ Crack down on them. That’ll cure them of their whining, their god-fantasies.” Exodus 5:6-9 (The Message)
Moses went to Pharaoh. Not only did Pharaoh blow him off, but he made life harder for the slaves. Now they would be finding their own straw for the bricks, and boy were they upset with Moses. Moses followed God’s instructions. At first, not only was there no success, he appears to have made matters worse. God’s solution? Go tell Pharaoh to let the people go.
When we know we are participating in God’s plan, we have the strength to be consistent. If it doesn’t work out exactly the way we thought, we step up again. We are not controlled by our circumstances, but by the call of God on our life. That is where our security lies.
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