I have a fascination with the Exodus journey. I guess it is because I can identify so much with the children of Israel and their struggle to believe everything God promised them. It was that core problem of disbelief that resulted in 40 years wandering in the wilderness. Regrettably, I too, am a wanderer at times.
When they were faced with the Egyptian army bearing down on them as they were hemmed in by the Red Sea, they panicked. I love the way God instructs Moses
“Why are you crying out to me, tell the Israelites to move on!” (Exodus 14:15)
Moses raised his staff, the sea parted, and they crossed over one step at a time until every last one of them passed through the dry sea bed and on to the eastern bank. I have to ask myself – what has God been trying to get me to “move on” from in my own life. How often does disbelief have me stuck in place?
Moses had his hands full with this group of people. They whined, doubted, argued, rebelled, and then came crawling back, time and time again. I can relate. I have no trouble saying, yes Lord; I’ll go on this journey with you. But if I am really honest, there are times when I’m not any different than they were.
Their journey turned into 40 years of wilderness living because they didn’t believe that God could deliver on his promise – except for gutsy Caleb and Joshua. These courageous men gave a good report on the promise, but fear, doubt, and 600,000 people drowned their voices out.
As a result – no one from that generation ever saw the promise fulfilled except for Caleb and Joshua – the ones who believed.
Why is it so much easier to believe the lesser things?
How many promises have I simply forfeited because I relied on my own wisdom instead of the wisdom of God?
How often have I listened to a bad report or even worse – given a bad report that resulted in a painful consequence?
Today’s prayer: God, I want to take you at your word when everything around me says that the task is impossible. Give me a courageous heart – one that is brave and believing. And when you put me to task, I pray that I offer a good report on your promises. May I be known as one who believes.