Exodus 14.10-12 – Trusting in God
Posted: 13 January 2011 in Exodus

And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

The above passage is representative of many in the book of Exodus, where the Israelites demonstrate their lack of trust in God. Next they will be complaining of thirst, then it will because they have nothing to eat. They are given manna, but then complain because it is getting a bit boring, having the same thing to eat all the time. Of course, it is not that these things aren’t actually necessary for survival; it is just that they don’t trust God to provide them as the need arises.

After a time I find myself thinking, “How does God put up with these people?” Well, I suppose it is confession time now. Because, after a little more reflection, I recognise myself in them. I too find it very difficult to trust in God. No matter how often problems seem to resolve themselves just in the nick of time, I never completely dismiss from my mind the thought that it might just have been coincidence, that things worked out in the way they did. Hot on the heels of that thought is the temptation to pay no more than lip service to divine Providence, and start trying to arrange things for myself. Just one more manifestation of original sin, I suppose.

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