I am reading through Exodus for my devotional reading. This morning I read about the Passover and the final plague on Egypt, the death of the firstborn. I read about the Lord freeing his people from slavery and blessing them tremendously through the Egyptians, most likely because of their fear of the Lord after the pounding they recieved at the hand of the Lord through the plagues. We see the Lord deliver them from stubborn Egyptians by parting the Red Sea and crashing the sea upon the Egyptians which were after them. Then on the shore the people of God have a tremendous worship service. They sing praises and dance before the Lord. But then three days later they are complaining and grumbling to Moses. It only took three days for them to forget what the Lord had done for them.
How long does it take you to foget what the Lord has done and begin complaining about whatever situation your in?
The Bible says the Lord was testing them, testing their faith, which was displayed in celebration three days earlier but when a difficult situation arose they immediately began to complain. The Bible says in 1 Peter the purpose of various trials or testings is for the purpose of testing the genuineness of your faith (1 Pet. 1:6-7). The results of the testing of the Israelites was fickle faith.
Fickle faith is a faith that ebbs and flows with the circumstances of life. A fickle faith will experience celebratory worship in the victories and experience crushing doubt in the moments of trials, testings or suffering. We see this with the Israelites, throwing a party after the Red Sea and then 3 days later grumbling and complaining about bitter water, later they will say it was better if they remained in slavery in Egypt.
As disciples of Christ, we all experience moments of fickle faith. Moments when we are down in the dumps of trials, testing or suffering and we complain or doubt the Lord’s work in our lives. But it is in these moments of testing which the Lord can use to bring growth and conformity into the image of Christ.
There the LORD made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.” – Exodus 15:25-26
When we are going through the fire, experiencing a time of testing, trial or suffering, the Lord asks us to trust and obey and put aside fickle faith. The Lord says if you will diligently listen, in the the time of the Exodus, when they had no Bible, what the Israelites should have done was seek the Lord, present their needs to Him and wait. Instead they grumbled and complained to Moses.
Today we have a Bible and the Lord wants us to hear His voice through the Scriptures. He wants us to bank on the character of God displayed through the pages of your Bible and come to him with our worries, needs, trials, testings and sufferings. Where we lack faith he wants to pray, Lord I believe help my unbelief.
Secondly, the Lord wants us to display a posture of obedience in our suffering. We all know it is easy to obey when everything is smooth sailing. When Egyptians are being destroyed in the sea it is a party. But what happens when you have to walk through the desert? What does your obedience look like then? The Lord desires to develop in his disciples a life of trust and obedience, a posture of listening and doing in the good times and the bad.
Pray for a strong, steady faith and where you struggle or lack pray for the Lord to help your unbelief.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria