Don’t ask what, ask why

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them from the pur­su­ing Egyp­tian army by split­ting the sea and bring­ing his peo­ple through on dry land just be­fore drown­ing Egypt’s army right be­hind them in that same sea. And then, when they com­plained about bad wa­ter in the desert — God mirac­u­lously made it sweet and then brought them to a spot to camp with 12 springs… in the desert! You’d think the Is­raelites would get the pic­ture that God was able to take care of them, right?

But no. This is what they said: “You have brought us out into this desert to starve this en­tire as­sem­bly to death.” How slow can they be to fig­ure out who God is? It’s al­most shock­ing, isn’t it?

Or is it? What did you do with the news you heard on the other end of that phone line? Or what was your re­ac­tion when the doc­tor said there was noth­ing they could do? Or when your loved one died, or the car breaks down, or the mort­gage gets be­hind, or the job went away or the pay was cut, what­ever it is that hap­pened to you? Ask the ques­tion: What is it? What are al th­ese things? Sure it might be some­thing we never wanted to hap­pen, but deep down, what is it?

It is an op­por­tu­nity. It, what­ever it is, is an op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber who is re­ally in con­trol. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber the Lord — the same one who had done so much for the Is­raelites in the pre­ced­ing month — the same Lord who has done so much for you. Think about it. Just to­day, he has given you breath to breathe and blood to flow, en­er­giz­ing your body parts. Just to­day, he has opened your eyes to see and given you a mind to be able to read this pa­per.

But that’s not even the big stuff. Ro­mans 8 says: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, gra­ciously give us all things?” I know you hear it all the time, but don’t take it for granted, don’t gloss over it, or else you’ll end up like those Is­raelites grum­bling as if God doesn’t love you, as if hasn’t for­given you, as if he didn’t have power to cure the can­cer or fix the car or fill the pock­et­book to over­flow­ing, and pro­vide and pro­tect and all the rest. He gave his son. He can han­dle all those things, and in fact, he’s go­ing to do even bet­ter than what we ask.

What is it? No mat­ter what it is — what is it? It is a rea­son to trust in God. It is some­thing through which God will show us his love. It is an op­por­tu­nity to lean that much more on him. So no mat­ter what hap­pens, don’t for­get to ask the ques­tion the Is­raelites did and to hear God’s an­swer. “What is it?” “Then we will know that He is the Lord.”

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