DCLM Daily Manna 25 January 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — No Quick Fix
TOPIC: No Quick Fix
TEXT: Exodus 5:15-23 (KJV)
15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants?
16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people.
17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the Lord.
18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.
19 And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task.
20 And they met Moses and Aaron, who stood in the way, as they came forth from Pharaoh:
21 And they said unto them, The Lord look upon you, and judge; because ye have made our savour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to slay us.
22 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me?
23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
KEY VERSE: “For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.” – (Exodus 5:23)
Challenges of life often breed severe pain and discomfort. As a result, we tend to desire a quick fix from the Lord, that He would waste no time in giving us a solution. But God does not work by man’s timetable; nor does He always answer when we desire it most.
Moses did not quite understand this in the early part of his ministry. In obedience to God, he had gone to Pharaoh to demand that he should let Israel go and worship the Lord. Instead of granting their request, Pharaoh strengthened the severity of the people’s working condition. Whereas, in the past he provided straw with which they made bricks, now they were to source for their own straw, even as he refused to reduce the quantity of bricks they were to produce daily. He felt the Israelites had a lot of idle time, hence their agitation for freedom to go and serve God.
Seeing that their hard labour had now been made harsher, the Israelites bitterly blamed Moses and Aaron for their worsening condition of work. Moses himself complained to God about Pharaoh’s unkind response. He wondered why he was sent on this mission, adding that speaking to Pharaoh had done more evil to the Israelites.
God does not always answer our prayers when and how we expect it. The fact that the hardship and suffering we are experiencing have persisted does not mean that He is not at work on our behalf. Such tough experiences are often meant to increase our faith and enable us to trust God to do the best for us. He will not abandon His children.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Quick solutions are not always the best remedy.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.