Friday, February 6, 2015

Exodus 5:22-23 -- On Miraculous Timing

"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?
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 5:22-23

Most of us know the story of Moses leading the enslaved people out of Egypt, and saving them from Pharaoh.  It's hard to remember that even in a triumphant story like that, there were still doubts and fears along the way.  This is early in the story when Moses has talked to Pharaoh and angered him, so that he takes the straw away, but still forces the people to make bricks.  So, Moses did what God wanted, and instead of saving everyone, he has made their lives much harder.  He's worried, and he asks God why he asked him to come in the first place, if he wasn't going to hold up his end of the deal.  God warned him that Pharaoh would say no at first, but it's still easy to see why Moses asks.  It's hard to see something that you are doing affect other people negatively.  Especially when you expected it to go so well, since God specifically asked it.  Other prophets have run into setbacks as they have tried to accomplish what God asks as well, and we run into setbacks as we try to do as God asks as well.  Does that mean that God doesn't actually want us to do it after all?  Is that what it meant for Moses?  No.  It just means that we're still in the trial chapter and haven't gotten to the deliverance chapter yet.  But it is there, waiting for us to turn the page.  We just have to keep working at it, as Moses had to... as Nephi did, in persisting in his mission to obtain the brass plates even after his life was in danger.
Moses talked to God about it, and he was reassured, and he persisted, and helped those people get on track toward the promised land.  Nephi accomplished his mission and got his people there.  Different promised lands, but that is okay.  God's promises can be different for different people.  Today, as we work to do God's will and progress towards our own promised lands, whether in a physical or spiritual sense, let's remember this lesson from Moses, and from our other prophets and ancestors who have learned the same lesson.  Doing God's will isn't a cake walk.  It is a process, sometimes difficult and discouraging.  But as we persist, we will triumph.  God always delivers on his promises.  Sometimes miracles take time... but they are always worth it.

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