Undoubtedly, the plights and treks of the Israelites of the Old Testament are penned down in scripture for our example, since the Christian walk often seems to parallel the history of the Hebrews.
I was always baffled at how disbelieving these people were toward the Lord and how much they whined with Moses. After they successfully escaped out of Egypt, it wasn’t long before their high spirits faded back to critical, fearful attitudes.
I mean, God spared the city of Goshen from the plagues, then divided a massive sea for them to cross over in safety from Pharaoh, and yet they still continued to distrust Him thereafter?
How can I be shocked at this when I’ve been guilty of the same sin of unbelief?
OK, maybe God hasn’t literally parted a sea for me, but He has done tremendous things that I never thought possible in my life.
And yet so many times, even after I have witnessed Him come on the scene in a miraculous way, I have stooped my shoulders in worry or questioned God’s motives during a hard trial He allowed to come my way.
The Lord reminds His people in Deuteronomy 29:5 (ESV), “I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.”
Yeah, you read that right.
|Giant sand dune in Pacific City, Oregon|
There have been moments I have taken wrong turns, which resulted in a detour that could have otherwise been avoided. And yes, there are always consequences, but that never stops God from continuing to love me and give me grace to press on.
The Lord purposefully leads us straight into storms or wastelands sometimes. Once He brings us out of them, however, our hearts feel lighter, having heaved off all our own abilities and learned to lean on Jehovah’s strength instead.