Parents look out for us even when we don’t know it. That is what they do. And they don’t tell us every time that they help us, they often just do it behind the scenes. Similarly they discipline us for doing wrong, and make us do chores and different things to prepare us for what is coming in later years. Some of that preparation is fun, and some of it is not so fun. Sometimes our preparations are a rough road but exactly what we need to get us ready for life, for increasing our faith, and to prepare us for the calling and unique purpose for which God has called us and created us.
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“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, ‘If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt’.” – Exodus 13:17
So Pharaoh finally lets the Israelites go, and they headed out. Then Pharaoh regretted that he let them go because they were all of his workers, so he changes his mind and went after the Israelites. So Pharaoh and his army charge after the Israelites and it becomes clear to the Israelites that they are going to be killed. And the Israelites blame Moses for their struggles, and their inevitable doom and slaughter. – (Exodus 12:11-12). But Moses faith stays strong to the end and reminds them that God is with them. Then Moses splits the Red Sea, the Israelites cross, and the pursuing Egyptian army is completely destroyed when the wall of water crashes over them. Just when the Israelites were convinced that it was over, God delivers them.
You would think the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea would be enough for the Israelites to believe. You would think that after such a surprise turnaround and event that their faith would be solidified. But even after that, and all of the plagues upon Pharaoh, the people still doubted and basically grumbled for 40 years. How exhausting that mindset must have been. If we were one of the Israelites with Moses that day, and we saw all of those miracles, would that be enough evidence for us to believe, or would we discount it and rationalize it. Are miracles happening today that we rationalize or just discount as good fortune instead of giving God the glory? Have we experienced a similar surprise turnaround or deliverance where we knew for sure that it was God, where the miracle was so extraordinary that it solidified our faith, or do we still doubt?
A great lesson that we can learn from the Israelites in Exodus is that we too need to pay attention, and be sure to give God the glory when He does appear. When we are blessed, delivered, see a miracle, or have our prayers answered, how do we respond? Do we give God all the honor and glory that is due? Or after things get going well and we start getting blessed, are we like, “God who?” Let us now be so selfish that we have short-term or selective memory when it comes to God and only think of Him when we need him. And let’s keep in mind that when God reveals himself to us, that our miracle is going to not look like Moses. Our miracle is likely not going to be the parting of the Mississippi river. Please don’t run down to the river now with that stick that you found in the back yard and put it into the water and be like, “See… God doesn’t exist today”. Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Stay strong, believe, and God will deliver you. God will reveal himself to us in our own unique way, in a way that is meant just for us.
Our miracles will happen and be revealed – guaranteed – if we don’t give up and if we seek him first. We can do all things through Christ who is our strength. God Almighty, all powerful, all love, all peace, all joy, there is no God like him, He is the I AM, the One and only, our Creator. Our job is to stay strong, have faith, trust in the Lord, even when the times get tough, be obedient to his plan, and draw closer to him each and every day. And when it appears there is no way, God will make a way. He will deliver us from the hand of our enemies. And we can rest assured that the Lord is with us every step of the way.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word. Help us to stay strong and to trust in you and to know that you are working behind the scenes for us, protecting us, and preparing us for the amazing future that lies ahead and that you have planned for us. Strengthen and encourage us when our road seems rough. Help us to believe in your great plan and to trust in you, and to have faith in you. Help our unbelief Lord. We know that you will deliver us from our enemy, and that the battle has already been won. We receive all of your goodness, pureness of heart, joy, peace, comfort, love, power, and strength, in Jesus mighty name, Amen.
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