Before the mighty work of God's deliverance of the Israelites began, God allowed His people to be brought low. And I mean REALLY low. They were crushed, broken, and defeated.
Why would God work in this way? And when have you felt like this before? In Scripture we find that this progression is pretty common: Often before God delivers justice and restoration, it is preceded by intense discouragement and trial.
God always works for the good of those who love him, yes, but even more importantly, God works to display His ultimate glory.
What hardship may have been raised up in your life in order that God's name may be proclaimed?