19 The Israelite overseers realized they were in trouble when they were told, “You are not to reduce the number of bricks required of you for each day.” 20 When they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them, 21 and they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
God Promises Deliverance
22 Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? 23 Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” Exodus 5:19-23
After confronting and blaming the Israelite overseers, Moses pleaded his case with God. Of course Moses should have pled his case with God before doing anything else.
Going to God should be our first step when dealing with people. Unfortunately we have to learn that over and over again.
People are fickle. We are fickle. We like to be in control despite having very little control over what others think and do. We can pursuade, plead, beg, manipulate, and cajole people into doing things, but that expends a lot of emotional energy.
When we plead our case with God, He knows how to answer that prayer. He knows the person or situation better than they do. He knows that only He can change their hard and obstinate heart.
It’s not a bad thing to be reminded of this often. More often than not we are reminded of it when we try to persuade others into doing things they really don’t want to do….before we go to God.