“We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly. When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; he led them through the depths as through a desert. He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them. The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them survived. Then they believed his promises and sang his praise. But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.” Psalm 106:6-15
When we read the opening chapters of Exodus, we see God’s mighty hand. He did miracles. He sent plagues, pandemics, signs, and wonders. God released the children of Israel from their slavery. He set them free.
But how soon they forgot. When they marched up to the Red Sea, panic set in. They saw the armies of Pharaoh approaching and the paralyzing fear caused them to cry out against God and Moses. Their terror got the best of them. But God wasn’t late in protecting them. He parted the sea and they walked right through. And even more than that, their enemies were drowned, defeated. They were free indeed.
But then in the wilderness, thirst took over, and again, fear and panic became their companions. Once again, they cried out against the Lord and against Moses. But God wasn’t even a second late in His provision. He gave them water. He provided food. He was their Provider, Sustainer, Redeemer. They only needed to trust.
God is still all those things for us today. He has set us free from the bondage of our sin. He has provided the richest food in His Word. He has quenched our thirst and satisfied our hunger.
We need only to trust. He is our good, good Father.
Lord, I don’t want to be like the Israelites, and yet I know that I am. I fear, I panic because I so often forget all that You have done for me.