by Cindi McMenamin
Do you ever panic when your situation looks bleak, thinking God has forgotten you?
It’s human nature, I’m sure, to fear the worst when the odds are against us. But I believe God wants to do so much more for us when we trust Him during times of uncertainty.
I was reminded in God’s Word this morning of how God rescued and delivered His people from Egypt. As the Israelites were backed up against the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army hotly pursuing them, they feared annihilation by the Egyptians. Yet, Moses’ instructions were simple and straightforward:
Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:13-14)
God then told Moses to raise his staff and divide the waters of the Red Sea so His people could cross through the middle of it. God also told Moses that the Egyptians would pursue them right through the middle of the sea, but God would “gain glory” through it. Moses didn’t know exactly what that meant. God didn’t give him specifics. Moses only knew that God expected him to take the next step, and trust God in the face of threatening circumstances.
All night, the Israelites walked through the parted sea while God, as a pillar of fire, lit their way and was a rear barrier for them, keeping them safely separated from the ensuing Egyptian army. Then, when every last one of the Israelites (all 600,000 of them!) made it safely to the other side, God sent the Egyptians into confusion and covered them with the giant walls of water. Every last one of the Egyptians — Pharaoh included — drowned that day.
The Israelites witnessed the spectacular, wondrous, majestic hand of God delivering them from their enemies! Yet only three days later, they came to a spring in the desert and grumbled against Moses (and God) because the water was bitter and they had nothing to drink.
How quickly they had forgotten the God who rescued them. Couldn’t the God who separated the waters also sweeten them?
In spite of their forgetfulness and grumbling spirit, God did sweeten the water for them. He not only gave them water to drink, but He brought them to Elim — “where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped near the water.” (Exodus 15:27) God gave them the equivalent of a Palm Springs luxury resort! Right there in the desert!
How quickly you and I can forget God’s amazing works, too. How quickly we start to grumble when our situation starts to look bleak.
Next time you’re in the heat of the moment, feeling threatened or forgotten, remember the God of wonders. If He can secure your eternal life, certainly He can take care of your everyday life, too.
The Lord will fight for you, too. You need only to be still.