Spiritual Myopia


Have you ever complained to God because it seems like he hasn't saved you from anything?  Have you ever felt abandoned by God because you're still suffering from the same things you were suffering from before you were a Christian?

Yeah, me too.

But Moses offers a great example as to why our complaints are extremely short-sighted.

God had told Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand that he release the Hebrew slaves (which would have seemed as impossible as going to Obama and demanding that he let Texas be its own country). But God has promised Moses that he will be with him (Ex. 3:12), has equipped him with powerful signs, and has guaranteed that Israel will be successful (Ex. 3:21-22).

Oh, and God has also informed Moses that Pharaoh won't listen at first (Ex. 4:21), but has assured him that this will only be temporary.

So when Pharaoh doesn't listen and instead makes life harder for the Hebrew slaves, Moses says this to God:

"O Lord, why have you done evil to this people?  Why did you ever send me?  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to his people, and you have not delivered your people at all." (Ex. 5:22-23)

From our vantage point this is amusing because within a few days 1) God will bring Pharaoh to his knees with nasty plagues, and 2) God will follow through on his promise to deliver the people fro Egypt. Moses will eat his words.

Who can't relate to this?  Jesus has promised to free us from our sins and the "brokenness" in this world, but then there are days where we feel as if we're in worse condition than when we started.

Maybe you were saved during a time of hurt from a broken relationship and are still hurting from it.

Maybe you were saved during a time of physical pain and it's worse now.

Maybe you were saved during a porn addiction and still find yourself struggling with it.

Maybe it's all of these.

Doubting that God has saved you during a period of suffering is identical to Moses' spiritual myopia during the exodus.

But God will follow through on his promise.

He will save you from your suffering.

You just need a little perspective.

If Moses could have read ahead in the book of Exodus he probably would have been more confident, but he didn't have that luxury.

We do.

In Revelation 21, we are promised that God will live with us in the new Earth, that every tear will be evaporated, that death will cease to exist, and that there will be no more mourning or pain because those things will have passed away (Rev. 21:3-4).

Sometimes we just need a little perspective.  Sometimes it helps to flip to the end of the story to gain confidence in God's promises during present suffering.

Have you forgotten the perfect ending?