Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” (Exodus 6:1)
In response to Moses’ complaint that He wasn’t doing enough to deliver the children of Israel, God reminds Moses that He is the LORD and that He is, indeed, true to His word. You might even read into the tone of the language that what God said to Moses was a bit of a rebuke. In fact, as the narrative continues, it seems that God compares Moses and his generation, unfavorably, to the Patriarchs because they believed God with even less to go on. Men like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked faithfully, without complaint, though they didn’t see fulfillment of promise. The writer of Hebrews said:
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13)
All of us, at times, have faltered in this regard; we don’t see what we want to see when we want to see it and then we wonder where God is. The reality is, He is always there, always working, even when we don’t see or feel it. The patriarchs understood that. They believed that and that is why they are considered fathers in the faith. We, as the children of faith, need to remind ourselves that we are surrounded by a “great cloud of witnesses” which should encourage us to continue on in faith. Keeping our eyes on the Messiah, let us, as the writer of Hebrews said, “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1) that we may one day take our seat along side of those great men and women of faith.
Blessings and Shalom,