January 29, 2011
“22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?” (Exodus 15:22-24) NIV
After God’s amazing display of power against the powerful nation on Egypt; after He even opened the Red Sea, having the children of Israel walk through dry land; and after the Lord closed the sea and killed all of the Egyptian’s army; something just as extraordinary took place. Just three days prior, they were slaves in Egypt; just three days before, they were delivered from the abusive slavery of Egypt; but then, three days after; as they were unable to find water, the people of Israel were murmuring against their leader Moses. That was all it took for them to forget all that God had done for them.
How soon we forget about God’s mighty power; how soon we forget how our rent got paid, how we should have been on the streets, but somehow, someway we still live in our apartment, month after month. How soon we forget how we did not lose our home when we lost that job; we did not know how we were going to make it, but the mortgage was taken care of, the bills got paid and food never lacked. How soon we forget about that job; so many people applied, some even more qualified, you did not know anybody, but it was you who got it. Did you forget about the promotion you just had? Where do you think that promotion came from? How soon we forget the car accident where all the experts told you that there is no logical explanation for the reason why you’re still alive today. “How could you survive such an impact?” they ask astonished! Should I keep going? Did you forget about the healing you received recently? When the doctor told you that you will never walk again, but you are now running. How soon we forget!
Beloved, it’s in moments when everything seems dark, when the attacks are more severe, when the prognostics is negative; when all hell is breaking loose against you… that you must remember all that God has done for you.