Sometimes It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better

So, we just completed a month of reading together through the One-Year Bible. We are into Exodus and the incredible story of the deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. Moses has confronted Pharaoh demanding that he let God’s people go so they can worship the Lord in the desert. Pharaoh continued to harden his heart to the idea and even ordered the Egyptian slave drivers and Israelite foremen to force the people to work even harder, by finding their own straw as well as make the same quota of bricks. This really gets the Israelite foremen angry at Moses and Aaron and they confront them.

We pick up the story in Exodus 5:22 (Jan 28) with Moses, engaging God in a conversation,

Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them.”

Ah, yes, the “why God, why” question, pointing the finger at God and blaming Him for his inaction. Moses expects faster results and fewer problems.

In the kingdom of God, one of the principles we must learn is that sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. Sometimes it gets worse just before we see an incredible breakthrough. The battle rages and intensifies because we are on the cusp of a miracle. You will read over and over again that God desires to manifest His power and glory so that world may know Him.

God answers back to Moses that he is about to see what God is going to do to Pharaoh. That Pharaoh is going to feel the full force of God’s strong hand (Exodus 6:1). Moses and the Israelites are about to discover another dimension to the character and nature of God.

And the Lord said to Moses, I am Yahweh - the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as El-Shaddai - God Almighty — but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them.

God reassures Moses that He has heard the cry of His people; He is well aware of His covenant with them; and that He is going to free them from their oppression and rescue them from slavery with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. He will also will claim them as His own people; He will be their God; so that ultimately their enemies will “know that I am the Lord your God. (Yahweh).”

As we completed our 21 days of fasting and prayer, you may have felt the same. As you have been praying fervently, things may appear to have gotten worse. You might feel yourself becoming more discouraged because the intensity of the battle has seemed to increase. Learn this truth, don’t quit! Keeping on asking, seeking and knocking in prayer. PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens. You might be on the edge of an incredible breakthrough because the heat of spiritual warfare is greatest just before the moment of breakthrough. This is not the time to retreat, shrink back or withdraw from the battle. Be strong and courageous, do not allow yourself to be discouraged or dismayed but rather continue more fervently than ever to press in and press on to see the miracles and promises of God fulfilled! God wants to reveal Himself not only as God Almighty, but as LORD to you!