Several years ago, a good friend and mentor challenged me with something that has stayed with me ever since. He said that he wanted to live in such a way that the only way his life could be explained is that God was working in and through him. Living like this sounds good…until you consider the implications. To live so God gets the credit means trusting His power, presence, resources and timing. In this week’s reading, Moses shows how this plays out. The Egyptian forces are closing in and have the Israelites stuck on the Red Sea shore. The people are scared and angry and, “They cried out to the lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?” If Moses hadn’t learned to trust and rely on God, He would have caved, but he knew God wouldn’t abandon him in the crisis. Instead, he responds in faith and all the Israelites and the Egyptian forces witness God coming through in a huge way.
Six years ago, our church was backed into a huge corner with no visible way out. We had a financial crisis that was enormous and the options presented would have meant defaulting on obligations we had to contractors and vendors. When we were at the end of our time and options, God opened a door that met our needs. Those of us who lived through that time remember how difficult it was and also the joy and amazement of seeing God come through.
I believe that God wants to work in each of us so that the story of our lives is a testimony to the goodness and faithfulness of God. Whether it is trusting God with our money, careers, relationships or bodies, when we choose to trust and obey, even when we can’t see how He will come through and the pressure mounts, that is when we get to see Him work.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)