When I think of the miraculous deliverance of the children of Israel from Pharoah and out of Egypt, I can’t help but re-think just how awesome our God is and how His performing miracles was just the order of the day for Moses and the children of Israel. Yet, no matter how many miracles God performed, and He performed some ‘stunnerz,’ they seemed to quickly forget and wondered ‘what have you done for me lately.’ Really? Can anyone say, “Red Sea?” “Millions crossing?” “Perfect timing?” Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place… the enemy behind you and the sea in front of you… what to do, what to do.
God had performed so many miracles leading up to this great exodus. Yet, when they could find no water (and then found bitter water), a few days later, they began to murmur and complain. Truthfully, most of us would do the same. We are instructed, “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: (Phl. 2:14)” But why not recall the miracle that God had just performed and know that nothing’s too difficult for Him. “Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me (Jer. 32:27)?” Apparently, they were unable to think straight in a crisis. After all, they kept re-visiting the thought and verbalizing that they were better off in Egypt. Really? Slavery was better than freedom? Again, many of us are no different. We’re more comfortable in certain situations that we know are no good for us, more comfortable around people that are no good for us, abusive situations, intolerable bosses, legalistic churches, you name it. Yet… we stay. We’ve been taken out of Egypt… but can’t seem to get Egypt out of us! Oh my. God, help us not be physically free while remaining enslaved in our minds. If the son makes us free, we will be free indeed–in every way. “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).”
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