Sometimes things get worse before they get better 

Old Testament: Exo 5.10–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 4–6 on January 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

God sent Moses to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt, but as he made his first contact with Pharaoh, things got worse. Pharaoh was angry that Israel wanted to leave and go into the wilderness and sacrifice to God, which is what Moses requested, but Pharaoh thought that Israel did not have enough work, leading them to make this request. Therefore, he made their work harder: 

And the taskmasters of the people and their officers went out and spoke to the people, saying, “Thus says Pharaoh: ‘I will not give you straw. Go, get yourselves straw where you can find it; yet none of your work will be reduced.’” So the people were scattered abroad throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble instead of straw. And the taskmasters forced them to hurry, saying, “Fulfill your work, your daily quota, as when there was straw.” Also the officers of the children of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, “Why have you not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and today, as before?”

– Exodus 5.10–14 

We know that eventually Israel would go free, but at first it did not seem that it was going to go that way. 

Sometimes there is a calm before the storm and at other times there is a storm before the calm. The exodus of Israel out of Egypt was of the latter variety. 


  • What do you do when it seems there is no end to your suffering? 
  • What is your attitude during suffering? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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