I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
So often, life takes unexpected turns.
A financial crisis. Another family member has cancer. A friend dies. Divorce papers lay open on the kitchen table.
It is so easy to ask, “Where is God in the midst of this mess?” And that’s not a wrong thing to wonder.
I’m reminded of the Hebrews in Exodus. In chapter 14 they are beside themselves with fear and anger as they see the Red Sea ahead of them and Pharaoh’s army fast approaching from behind.
Certain death is mere moments away. “Where is God in the midst of this mess?”
But God makes a way.
In Exodus 15 the Hebrews sing God’s praises for his miraculous delivery. Where there were no other options, the Lord made a way.
But what do we see a few chapters later?
The Israelites are back to grumbling.
Not enough food. Not enough water.
Again, there seems to be no way to avoid death.
But God makes a way.
I remember early on in my walk with the Lord I was so bemused with the Hebrews during the Exodus.
Can’t they see how God has been faithful every step of the way? Why are they even worried?
Then, closing my Bible, I become like a Hebrew in the Exodus.
Worry set in. Doubt clouded my mind. I started to falter in my trust in God that He is faithful, even though I just read a story that proves He is.
Humans are fickle. We trust our feelings, even though they often lie, and sometimes make decisions based on those feelings.
We make decisions about how we’re going to act in our situation.
We make decisions about how we’re going to proceed.
And worst of all, we make decisions about who we’re going to trust.
Too often, we put our hope in ourselves.
We must make it our cause to remember the Lord and his deeds.
Like the Psalmist, reflect on what God has done and speak it out!
Though the ending of our current circumstance may not be to our liking, we will recount what God has done and rejoice that He was with us the whole time.
We must reject our shortsightedness we so often use, and see with spiritual eyes.
God got me through that, he will be faithful through this.
Do you believe it?
God makes a way.