Psalm 106:7-8 teaches a powerful lesson.
“When the ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to Your miracles; they did not remember Your many kindnesses and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet He saved them for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known.”
In my simple way of thinking, I have the very same problem that the Israel nation had in the times of the Exodus.
They loved their God and were not surprised at His ability to do great things that would eventually lead to their freedom from slavery in Egypt under Pharaoh. But put them on the edge of a difficult situation – and they were overcome with fear and trembling. They were at the edge of the Red Sea shaking in their sandals. They were begging for the chance to surrender to brick building under the pressure of the Pharaoh, again. While the circumstances were not ideal from their perspective, it was just what God had planned. They were afraid and could not see how even God could work with those circumstances.
One minute God is their Salvation and the next minute they feel as through God has hung them out to dry!
Isn’t that the way I am? I love the Lord God Almighty and believe in His salvation from the pit of Hell – but when I find myself having a bad day – I can’t stop talking about how He must have deserted me. It is as if He is only the God of the Big Stuff and not capable of helping with the daily things that I face.
I need to remember that my God is the God of all! He is the Provider of my eternal life in Heaven as a Christian, but He is also very capable of helping with the daily frustrations and challenges. He knows my future but He is also very aware of my circumstances right now in this very moment.
Luke 16:10 states, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can be trusted with much, …” I generally think of this verse applying to Christians, but it can apply to my God also. If I trust Him for one thing, I can trust Him for the other things! If I trust Him for the Spiritual, I can trust Him for the Physical.
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256