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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,
Ramona

God us so good and magnificent!

I love seeing the praises of God's people and Miriam leading the women in victory praise. Today we heard alot of complaining from Israelites to Moses, Aaron, and essentially God. No water, they wanted or "missed" meat and bread when they were in Egypt and no water again- I have had days like this- it's a hard place to be when you feel vulnerable, weak in spirit, uncertainty, Thank the Lord for His saving grace.

The wedding feast reminded me of church and the one not dressed properly reminded me of a false prophet, or a wolf in sheep's clothing. -not having the right spirit-we need to be aware of false prophets.

Love the prayers and Psalms of David. Yes-Lord! You will conceal me in the Temple when troubles come- I delight in your perfections Lord Always.

Proverbs 6:20-26
Stay away from the ones that will destroy you- not worth it to your marriage-it will break you and sentence u to death.

Blessings!


Exodus 16

In regard to manna and quail. I like how Bob Deffinbaugh ends his commentary: “May God give us the grace to learn to live with affluence and to avoid the perils of self-indulgence by the development of self-discipline and self-denial in our lives”.

Mathew 22 The Banquet

Some see this as complacency or taking God for granted and others will see it as God’s call to everyone. I sort of feel both at different times. With the call to Worship in the midst of Covid, I feel very complacent. Zoom is there but it’s easy to find excuses to do other things. I really miss Psalm 27:4b, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. At times like now I feel the call to read, study and meditate on God’s Word. That feels good. Satisfying and refreshing. Especially knowing others are doing the same thing.


Exodus 16

In regard to manna and quail. I like how Bob Deffinbaugh ends his commentary: “May God give us the grace to learn to live with affluence and to avoid the perils of self-indulgence by the development of self-discipline and self-denial in our lives”.

Mathew 22 The Banquet

Some see this as complacency or taking God for granted and others will see it as God’s call to everyone. I sort of feel both at different times. With the call to Worship in the midst of Covid, I feel very complacent. Zoom is there but it’s easy to find excuses to do other things. I really miss Psalm 27:4b, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. At times like now I feel the call to read, study and meditate on God’s Word. That feels good. Satisfying and refreshing. Especially knowing others are doing the same thing.

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