The Forgetful Heart

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…So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”   Exodus 15:22, 24

As the Israelites passed through the Red Sea they saw the power of God’s Hand on full display. He held back the the waves to let His people cross, then destroyed the Egyptian army as it tried to follow in hot pursuit. Moses’ worshipful response was to lead them in song to celebrate a moment of great triumph and joy.

But, how quickly their excitement cooled. Within three days, the people started complaining. Not just fussing, either – full-on grumbling against their leader. and against their God. Granted, they must have been extremely thirsty at that point. But they had literally just seen a miracle from God’s hand on their behalf. Couldn’t they have shown a bit more faith?

I’ll be honest – I can catch myself in the same pattern as the Israelites. After experiencing a physical healing or improvement in my circumstances I’ll lift up all sorts of praise to Him. But when the next problem arises, my thoughts can  drifting back into worry again. What I’m actually saying to God is, “Sure, You just did this amazing thing for me – and thank You, by the way. But what about my issue now, or the next one for that matter? Will You still take care of me?”

God was patient with His young nation, showing mercy and faithfulness at every turn. But eventually His patience ran out. Because the people forgot how incredible their God was, most lost the blessing of entering the Promised Land. As for me, I don’t want to have a forgetful heart and miss out on the  blessings He has for me!

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