Exodus 5:22, 23 Moses returned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”
Moses experienced the miraculous wonder of the burning bush and the encounter with God. He and Aaron came to Egypt and met with the Elders of the Israelites and performed the wonders he was to show them. The people were blessed knowing that God was responding to their plight.
But then came the meeting with Pharaoh and Pharaoh was not convinced in the slightest. Pharaoh’s response was to make everything worse. So much so, the Israelite foremen met with Pharaoh to appeal for relief. Their concern grew when it was rejected by him. They encountered Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them and declared how they (Moses and Aaron) had made them a stench to Pharaoh.
This is not what Moses expected to happen. Things didn’t get better – they went from bad to worse. Yet this was God’s plan. He just didn’t tell Moses that it was going to unfold quite like this. Moses knew that God was going to harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he wouldn’t let the people go. But Moses didn’t expect Pharaoh to make the situation worse. Nor did he expect the Israelites to blame him. God’s response to Moses’ concern was, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh…”
The principle at work here happens over and over throughout Scripture and in our lives. God calls us to a mission or task and gives us an idea what ultimately will happen. But as we obey, God allows all manner of unexpected difficulties to rise up. He expects us to respond with faith and look to Him. It is through this process that we are changed and God’s plan is accomplished. It just doesn’t happen the way we thought it would.