Ready your eyes and ears…(QTR)

“When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.”

– Exodus 15:23-27 ESV

After God has taken out the Israelites from Egypt, Moses is yet faced again with another circumstances: first is a question to his leadership and second is responding to do God’s will for them (the Israelites). Their hearts was so hardened that all they could do is complain to Moses and to God instead of looking at the bright side that they were released from the claws of the hardship that they faced when they were in Egypt. Even after God undeniably showed His mighty hand to both Egyptians and Israelites, they (the Israelites) still have a room for complains

Talk about hardship! If I were Moses, I would’ve given up on them that easily [insert table flip meme here]. Not only that you hear complains left and right, you’d also have to deal with the heat of the sun, provision, the starvation, the coolness of night, and the hard-headed people of Israel. I’m glad I’m not Moses!

God provided water by making Moses throw a log to Marah to make it drinkable for them despite of their obvious lack of trust from Moses’ leadership, and God’s ability to provide for them. But that didn’t stopped there. God made them a statute and a rule to test them. They would need to listen to Moses as God’s microphone for them to obey and to hear God’s voice through him.

So what’s the lesson here? First, adversities makes us hear more from God, not from the world. Just like one of my older post, if we are too focus in our own needs, we are missing God’s hand working in our lives. God’s silence doesn’t mean He’s not doing anything; God is working through us even when He’s silent.

Second, provision comes from the Lord. The Lord knows what we need, all we have to do is ask. It says in Matthew 7:7 that all we have to do is to simply ask.

Third, obedience first then provision will come. Even after all the complaining of the Israelites, God still demonstrated His mercy by allowing them to encamp by the water were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees are at present.

Stepping out of your Egypt is never easy. God pruning our character is never easy. But all are worth it if we allow God to step into our wilderness and trust Him working in us and through us.

God demands our eyes to see Him working and demands our ears to listen diligently to Him.
I pray that we will lean on Him alone.

QTR

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Parting of your “Red Sea” (QTR)

“When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.””

Exodus 14:10-14 ESV

(photo credits to Bible CA)

Imagine after God performed 10 plagues over Egypt just to show to the Pharaoh and even to the Israelites how powerful our God is, still, they (the Israelites) would come trembling in fear just with the sight of the Egyptians. Even after God proved Himself that He alone can take them out of Egypt, they would still doubt not only Moses’ leadership, but also God’s power. It’s so sad that even after all the miracles, the signs and wonders Moses and Aaron performed before them, the Israelites would want to stay in Egypt and be their slaves just for the sake of comfort, despite of the harsh treatment of Egyptians to them (because there’s food for them to eat and a place for them to stay).

Sometimes, just like the Israelties, we are too confined and comfortable with our comfort zones that we refuse to step out from it even after all the signs and wonders God is able to perform. Sometimes we are too afraid that when we step outside of it, things will never be the same, that it would be a lot of adjustments and a lot of things to accomplish before we are able to say that we’ve finally stepped out of our comfort zones.

Of course, things will never be the same once you step out of your comfort zone! My mother would always remind me that “the first step is always the hardest” whenever I make a decision. When adversary arrives, remind yourself always of what Moses said to the Israelites, “The Lord will fight for you and you only have to be silent”

Does silent here means not being able to tell God of the harsh reality of life? That we, too, as human beings are limited and that we have a wide variety of emotions to show? Of course not! God created us with emotions, and our emotions are all valid.

In other translations, the word silent translates to “being still”. Being still means being able to trust God, depend on God, lean on His strength and not on our own fully with all our heart and soul even when don’t understand His plans (Proverbs 3:5)

Are there areas in your life that you need to step out from? Afraid of what it’s like on the othet side? Remember that His grace will always be available and sufficient for you (2 Corithians 12:9). At the same time, the God who has demostrated the plagues is the same God who could part the sea for you. He can always provide you a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Trust God. Trust His plans.

QTR