“Give us each day our daily bread” —Luke 11:3
The Israelites had been enslaved for four hundred years when God sent Moses to rescue them. Pharaoh had been hard-hearted toward God and was determined not to let God’s people go. So God decided to demonstrate his strength and send ten plagues against Egypt. Pharaoh finally decides he’s had enough and lets the Israelites go.
As the Israelites make a quick getaway, Pharaoh has a change of heart and orders the Egyptian troops to chase after them. All of a sudden, the Israelites were trapped between the armed troops and the Red Sea with nowhere to go, and they start freaking out on Moses: “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” (Exodus 14:12). But God enters the scene, splits the Red Sea in half, allowing God’s people to walk through on dry ground while the crashing walls of the water crushed the Egyptian army into the sea. God does one of the most amazing miracles in Scripture, and when the Israelites arrive on the other side of the Red Sea, they do what any of us would do in that situation—they start praising and thanking God.
Fast-forward to their lengthened journey in the wilderness, God’s people began to complain that they were tired and hungry. They began to grumble against Moses and Aaron, saying that they were better off in Egypt (Exodus 16:3). It is crazy to think that just a few days after worshiping by the Red Sea, the Israelites quickly began to forget the faithfulness of God.
How many times have we been caught struggling with our faith just days after singing about God’s goodness on a Sunday morning? Just like the Israelites, we’re prone to forgetfulness. One moment we are celebrating God’s provision; the next moment we go back to anxiety, fear, and sin.
Find comfort in the fact that God has a reputation for taking care of his people! So even in the smallest things let’s remember and celebrate what he has done!
Developing a thankful, trusting heart
Often times it helps to write down the concerns weighing on your mind or the desires filling your heart. Bring them to God, knowing you can trust Him enough to hand them over to Him fully. Forgetting the faithfulness of God, even in the small things will lead to a life full of fear, anxiety, arrogance, and sin. If we fail to remember who God is and what he has done, we will inevitably lose track of our spiritual life and inevitably drift away from God. It may help to open your hands before God to physically show your surrender to Him. Problems can either be ours or God’s; they can’t be both.
Today let’s pray for the Guest Services and Assimilations Ministries of our church. Each week people come as guests to attend our worship services. Our hope is that each one finds the truth of Christ and will be inspired to engage in the life of our church. Let’s pray this continues to happen more and more! Pray for our Guest Services and Assimilation staff (Christie Meldrim, Carla Davis, Kim Smith, and Toni Campbell) as well as our awesome Assimilations and Guest Services Ministry Teams!