Sunday, January 22, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 22

It's amazing how quickly we can forget who Christ is and what he has done for us. There are those moments when we are filled with worship and those times when our hearts are all but drained of faith. "When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord..." (Ex 14:31) The Lord had just commanded the sea to divided allowing the people to escape and then used that water to crush the Egyptians pursuers. The people were high on the Lord; exited and singing praises. Miriam the prophetess even led the women in the Israelite version of the macarena!

Amazingly, in the next chapter, the people are complaining because their is seemingly no water to drink. (Ex 15: 24) Isn't the God who can command the sea big enough to handle drinking water? Isn't the God who orchestrated the ten plagues able to locate some disease free water? Of course the answer is yes. We think, "Those silly Israelites!" Why didn't they trust God to deliver? A better question is why don't we?

Jesus saved our soul, but some of us are overridden with fears about his ability to save those we love. Isn't He big enough? We have a promise of a life beyond this life, free from pain and disease, but doubt God's intentions when we face those things here on earth. We know that Jesus himself suffered while he was here on earth. He faced the temptations and trials of a fallen world and yet he never participated in the sins that caused them. But when we suffer we wonder, we doubt, we complain, we take matters into our hands. We are just like the Israelites.

I'd like to think that the things God has done in the past are enough to give me hope for the future but I must incriminate myself. I struggle like everyone else. Sometimes in chapter 14 of my life I'm rejoicing and then complaining in chapter 15. But I don't want to be that person. I don't want to complaining and praise to flow from the same lips. If the Israelites had decided to say, "God will provide" instead complaining about their needs...I dare say the whole story would have sounded completely different. How different would our lives be if we decided to believe that the Lord has...and IS...working on our behalf?

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Exodus 13-15


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