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Exodus 15:19-17:7

Praising God one minute then bitterly complaining to Him the next, although it was by way of Moses and Aaron. Fickle people serving an all-powerful God. That is the way I am. I am thoroughly convicted by the following passage.

And Miriam sang in response to them, "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and its rider he has thrown into the sea." Then Moses caused Israel to journey from the Red Sea, and they went out into the desert of Shur. They went three days into the desert, and they found no water. Then they came to Marah, but they were not able to drink the waters of Marah, because they were bitter. (That is why its name was called Marah.) So the people murmured against Moses, saying, "What can we drink?"
(Exodus 15:21-24 NET.)

There are times in our lives, especially when we are new believers, when God moves mightily in our lives to get our attention, to make us go, “Hmmm,” when we experience His signs and wonders. Yet after our faith begins to grow and He does not move in the same way as before when we experience crises, we complain bitterly. We understand that with our children as they grow, we shouldn’t be tying their shoes at twenty. We at first feed them but we should be teaching them how to feed themselves. God brings us out to feed ourselves, to face crises with the skill sets He has developed in us, yet we cry out, “Where are you God?” when crises come.

I’ve heard it said that crises do not come to destroy us they come to reveal the cracks in our lives. The writer of Proverbs puts it this way,

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10 AMP)

I think we struggle with this because of fear: fear of being thought of as stupid, inept and just plan weak by others; and the others are not God. If our cracks are revealed in the time of crises then we have an itemized list of things to present to God, not things to cover up with white wash or things to throw back in the face of God.

The key to our handling the kitchen sink when it is throw at us is the verse that caught Mike’s attention, verse 26th of chapter 15, is in the middle of that verse,

Saying, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight … (Exodus 15:26 AMP). Doing what is right in His sight, not our sight or the neighbor, yes even not our parents or pastors’ sight, but His sight. In order to accomplish that we must know what is right in His sight by knowing intimately God’s Word. God and His Word are one as stated in the first verse of the first chapter of the Book of John. I had a crisis this week and I did not adhere to this concept. I forgot what God had done in my life. Not only did I forget I counted His past works as moot.

Grace and Peace,

Today seemed to me to be a story about trust and obey--why was it so hard to trust the Lord?

Matt 22:1-33 verse stuck out was the fact that "He is God to the Living" (not the dead)

I love that Ps 27:5 he will keep me safe in his dwelling -hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle-reminds me of a worship song at my church.

Matt 22:21 NIV Give to Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is Gods.

I do pray that God shows me and reveals to me what I am supposed to give just to HIM.

I do sleep on Saturdays and have a lazy day most Saturdays..Saturdays lately have been my Sabbath days of rest. My Sundays are usually early (or early on weekends for me) because I get up and go to intercessor at my church and am there by 8:30am so I don't rest and I used to come home and take a rest from church but haven't done that in awhile, so to the answer of taking a Sabbath..I really don't do that..not like I could or should..that is a struggle for me too Mike..maybe prayerfully we can both do better at taking a Sabbath.

Be blessed.

SABBITIZE YOUR SABBATH: I can certainly identify with this situation today. In the same style of living that consumed the Israelites with the rebuilding of Jerusalem, our family was overwrought with renovating our house for several months. We let Sunday slip into an obligation for 2 hours of church and then continued work the rest of the day. There was little satisfaction, delight, pleasure or joy. In fact, we found we were receiving the opposite of these.
The lesson for me was found in the Devine Law of Romans 2:12-16. We need to remember the nature of this law has already been created in us. The Sabbath is not imposed but already built into our makeup. It is a return to pre-sin where the law was written on our hearts. So when God commands it, it is a recapitulation of what is naturally, created and ordained, for his purpose and when we obey this command God showers us with blessings.

I am reminded of the Steven Curtis Chapman tune "The Invitation"

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