Monday, October 26, 2009

The Good Old Days

Exodus 16: 1-3

The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD'S hand in Egypt. There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."

It's hard to believe that after living as slaves in Egypt and serving under Pharaoh in such harsh conditions that the Israelites are now looking fondly upon that life in the passage of scripture quoted above. 430 years have passed since Joseph had brought his entire family to Egypt to save their lives during the famine. It was after Joseph's death and the death of the Pharoah for whom he worked that the conditions for the people of Israel changed from that of dwellers of the land to slaves.

Are you and I any different? Do we look upon the difficulties in our life the same way that the Israelites did? Do we get angry at God for our change of circumstance and our problems? Do we threaten to abondon our faith? Do we give up? Do we beg to go back to the way things were?

Or do we take the difficulties to our Lord and Heavenly Father and ask Him to guide us through these times. Do we rejoice in our problems and draw on God's strength to see us through. Do we keep our faith and trust in our God, a God who has consistantly displayed His love and grace to us countless times. A God who as recorded in the Bible, is ever faithful to those who love and obey Him.

When our lives become filled with stress, financial difficulties, family problems, co-worker issues, illness, grief, addictions, etc. who is better and more qualified to help us than Our Lord? Trust in Him. Keep trusting in Him and asking for His guidance and direction. Ask in Jesus' name for His will to be done. Not for our will to be done, but for His will because God does work out all things, even difficulities, for His good and His glory.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

God Leads Us and Never Leaves Us

Genesis 13: 17-18
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt." So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.

Genesis 13: 21-22
By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give thme light, so that they could travel by day or night. NIether the pilar of cloud by day nor the pilar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

In the first two verses God explains his reason for taking his people through the desert toward the Red Sea. The shorter route would make it too easy for the Israelites to give up if they were attacked and flee back to Egypt.

These verses apply in our lives today. If God allowed us to take the easy route in our lives we too may give up when things get tough. By forcing us to experience difficulties in our lives and taking the more difficult route we may come to realize how much we need to rely on God to get us through each circumstance. Our faith becomes stronger because of a struggle, more so than if our life is pretty easy.

Where is God while He is taking us through these difficult journeys? He is in exactly the same place as He was with the Israelites. He is leading us. He is in front of us not letting us see what is to come but lighting and guiding each step that we take. He's taking care of the future as He guides us through today.

This is yet another example of God's grace. Always present in our lives. Never abandonning us. Essentially, God leads us and never leaves us.