Scripture Reading: Isaiah 36:1-5
You cannot have a successful walk with God if you do not trust Him. God is not leading you, and will never lead you in the way you know. As it is, he leads you into an unknown zone, a zone where you have not been to before. But the ways he leads you through are crystal clear to him. Before he brought you into this world, he had all his plans about your life; from the moment you were conceived until your last breath here on earth. But in reality, trusting God especially in challenging times is one of the big challenges many Christians go through in their Christian walk with God. The big problem we have as God’s children is that we want to understand God first before we can step out of our comfort zone. The story of our father in faith, Abraham, is one that shows what a firm trust in the omnipotence of God is all about. To the carnal mind, Abraham could be tagged ‘a foolish man.’ Abraham as it were, followed God blindly. Even when he had never heard about the country called Canaan; he followed God because he knew that God could not be deceived nor can he deceive. Truly, it is not easy to trust God like Abraham did, but we can, if we do not depend on what our physical senses show us.
One day 1 was reflecting on Exodus chapter 14 about the Israelites and the Red Sea when that story suddenly became real to my spirit. At that moment I had put myself in their shoe and I found myself asking God, “But dear Lord, what did you expect these people to do in this situation? ” I said to God, “If I was there I may have said or done something worst than they said or did. ” Now let us consider the scenario again. The people were standing before the Red Sea, something some of them or if not all of them had never seen before, and all of a sudden they saw dusts rising behind them and within a short time they realized that the Egyptians were coming against them. The Egyptians were furious and determined to destroy the Israelites; and they knew it. Now it was in this confusion that they turned to Moses and began to complain. At this point, I could not figure out what the Israelites could have done otherwise, for they were faced with death. If they move forward, they would be drowned in the Red Sea; if they ran back, the Egyptians would kill them. So I asked the Lord, “What did you expect them to do? ” The Lord spoke to my heart and took me back to the earlier marvels, which he did for them.
He reminded me of all the miracles he performed back there in Egypt through which he eventually delivered them from slavery. The Lord said, “What I had expected them to do was to remember those miracles that I had performed and have faith and trust in me that I am able to perform even greater miracles to save them,” When the Lord said this to my heart, I fell on my knees and began to plead for forgiveness for my lack of faith and trust.
Beloved, like the people of Israel we often come to the points in our lives when we seem to forget all the goodness of the Lord to us in the past. Some of us had testified of God’s miracles in our lives in the past, but each time we found ourselves faced by a new challenge, we tend to lose focus. What God expects us to do in moments like this is to remember his wonders of the past and simply put our trust in him. If he did it before, he will do it again! The Psalmist in many of the Psalms, use this principle to build his trust in the Lord. In Psalm 135:8 and 9 he says, “In Egypt he killed all the firstborn of the people and animals alike. There he performed miracles and wonders to punish the King and all his officials. Again, in Psalm 136:10-11 he says, “He killed the firstborn sons of Egyptians; his love is eternal. He led the people of Israel out of Egypt; his love is eternal. In Psalm 145:5 he said, “I remember the days gone by; I think about all that you have done, I bring to mind all your deeds. Dear friend in Christ, this is the secret of remaining firm in our trust and confidence in God. Put your faith to work, you can trust him no matter what you are passing through now.
- Thank God for the opportunity to be part of today’s reflection.
- Pray for the ability to remember the miracles of God especially in the face of challenges.
- Address in prayer every ugly situation(s) challenging your faith in God.
- Pray for all those Christians who patronize witchdoctors because they lack faith and trust in God.
Exercise: Meditate on the miracles of God in your life in the past and thank God for them.
Memory Verse: Psalm 119:52