Just think of the glorious Red Sea moment! Can you imagine how Israel felt when they stood safely on the other side of the Red Sea. Thousands of God’s people lined the shore, watching as a miraculous scene unfolded. They saw the powerful swift waters fall over and drown Pharaoh’s great army!
What an incredible sight that must have been–their emotions swirling with so much intensity at seeing such an awesome immense miracle! Their faith must have soared at the magnificent visual of God’s divine power! What a scene it must have been hearing horses bellowing, soldiers screaming, chariots tossed around, men flying through the air and then dissappear beneath the great waters.
We are told about one-and-a-half million Israelites witnessed this miracle take place. I can imagine them awestruck falling on their knees with hands raised in praise while beholding the power of this terrible and great God. They must have been overwhelmed at the sight of it all. I can almost visualize Miriam spontaneously leading hundreds of maidens in dancing and marching with voices raised shouting out loud hosannas!
You would assume after seeing such a miraculous sight, they would never doubt God again. Whatever trials they faced, you would think their memory would go back to that Red Sea moment. Yes! How could they doubt a God who buried a whole army? After witnessing a miracle-working God, Israel’s great faith lasted exactly three days.
I believe they wanted to trust God with all their heart and most likely felt they always would. They intended to walk every mile to the Promised Land full of faith, hope, and in anticipation of the promise of God. After all, they had seen the ten plagues in Egypt, witnessed God open the Red Sea, and destroy their enemy. Have could they ever doubted such a great and mighty God?
As so it is today. When we get saved, we intend to live our life full of faith, never doubting or complaining. We are sure after being born again in his Spirit, that we will never forget our awesome ‘Salvation Experience’ no matter what comes or goes. We ourselves have experienced miracles in our own life maybe even our own Red Sea moment. How could we ever doubt him after all this?
Yet, we end up like ungrateful, complaining, doubting Israel. Sadly, many Christians are in this condition today. The Bible declares that in the last days many will lose their faith and leave their first love. It declares many will leave the faith following false doctrine, men’s traditions, fables, and deceivers. They will find themself in a desert of doubt, complaining, unbelief, and miserable!
Paul wrote to Timothy, “Keep faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck” (1 Timothy 1:19) Paul wrote this after Pentecost when they had witnessed the mighty power of God in their midst. Yet already many had lost faith.
Jesus himself said, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). He is saying, “ when I return for my people, will I find true faith among them?” That is hard words to digest. In my thinking Lord, there are multitudes walking in faith.
Then the Lord reminds me. Out of estimated one-and-a-half million Israelites who determined to trust him always, only two held onto belief. The rest of them lost their faith in the promise. Only Joshua and Caleb believed and never doubted, and only they entered into the Promised Land. All the other Israelites over age twenty, once in awe by God’s miracles, died in murmuring, complaining, doubting in a miserable wilderness.
Satan’s strategy in these last days is to get you to doubt the reality of Jesus. He will do everything in his power to make you doubt that God is with you in all things.
God’s concern is that his people are being shaken in their faith, that they won’t trust him in their crises. Our worse sin is not to believe he will do what he promised. This offends him.
His Word says, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation” (2 Peter 2:9). “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Let all the winds and waves of hell come against you. He wants us to say, “Lord, if I die standing here, trusting you to see me through, then I will die in faith. Live or die, are we the Lord’s? Our God is more than able to deliver us and knows how to deliver us! We stand on the ’Rock of ages’!!!!!!!
Renew your faith in him today. He will give you abundant life! He will give you rest, peace, joy, and a sound mind in the Holy Ghost. He will set it before you. Enter into his rest, believing him!