All true servants of God realize that it isn’t always easy to follow Him. Not only does God take us through lush meadows, but he leads us through the deepest valleys and the hottest deserts. At Exodus 15:22, the Israelites walked between two walls of water smack- dab in the middle of the Red Sea. Shortly afterwards they sang soulful songs of the greatness of their God. But within 72 hours, they were slogging for three days through a dusty, bone-dry desert. Oh, how they must have longed for water! I don’t know about you but I can’t go three hours without my tongue feeling a little dry.
When the Israelites finally found water, it was bitter and undrinkable. From a human viewpoint, the situation looked hopeless. They began to complain to Moses. Who was this God who led them in the desert with no water? Could He be trusted?
Thankfully, Moses remembered that he served a Heavenly Father with whom all things are possible. So he prayed for guidance and God told him what to do. When Moses obeyed, God was faithful to sweeten the bitter water for his thirsty children.
Through all this, The LORD teaches us to walk by faith and not by sight. Let’s face it, We don’t know what challenges are coming around the corner. Or maybe we don’t know how we are going to get out of this latest mess. But one thing is for sure, Our Father is always faithful to help us, if only we would listen to His voice and obey.
Questions to journal:
What is the one trial that highlighted God’s faithfulness in your life? When challenges come, how many people do you ask for advice before consulting God? What steps can you take daily to trust God more fully?
Scriptures to meditate on:
Exodus 15:26 “If you will listen closely to My voice-the voice of your God- and do what is right in My eyes, pay attention to My instructions, and keep all of My laws; then I will not bring on you any of the plagues that I did on the Egyptians, for I am Eternal, your Healer.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”
Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. -Rabindranath Tagore