“Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the children of Israel go out of his land.”
I can’t tell you how many times I have watched a football or basketball game where a team has fallen behind by large numbers, yet they keep playing. They keep throwing the ball. They keep shooting. They keep chipping away. Great comebacks are incredible to watch.
I’ll never forget the 1992 NFL playoff game between Houston Oilers and the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were losing at halftime 35 to 3 while playing behind their backup quarterback, Frank Reich. The Bills rallied in the second half and won the game 38 to 35. I remember watching the game and thinking, wow, they just stuck to their plan. They never quit.
Moses wanted to quit. He was behind big time and saw no way of winning this battle against Pharaoh and the Israelites, despite the fact that Moses did not have a backup quarterback leading the way. Moses had God.
Pharaoh’s first response to Moses’ demand to “let my people go” was met with tremendous hostility. No! Furthermore, Pharaoh turned up the heat on the Israelites workload, making their task of making bricks almost impossible while increasing the quota for bricks. Moses was falling further and further behind. Pharaoh’s response further hardened Israel’s heart toward Moses.
“ ‘And Moses spoke before the LORD, saying, “The children of Israel have not heeded me. How then shall Pharaoh heed me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?’ ” In other words, Lord, this game plan in not working.
God’s response to Moses? Get back in there and keep throwing ball. Keep pressing. There’s an old say, “winners never quit, and quitters never win.” If we are going to win the battle of life, we have to simply keep obeying God, even when it does not make sense. This did not make sense to Moses. Pharaoh was not listening. Israel was not believing. Nothing was working. The game was completely out of hand.
That’s how God builds our faith. That’s how God builds our endurance. That’s how God builds our patience. That’s how God builds our character.
Romans 5:1-4 states this very truth, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
God’s commands and His will have great purpose in our lives. They will not always make sense, but we must stick with the game plan. We must stick with God’s Word and God’s ways. God has an end and an outcome that He will accomplish both in history and in your life. Keep throwing the ball. In the end, we win!