Scripture: Psalm 106:9 (God) rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry; he led (his people Israel) through the deep as through a desert. 10 So he saved them from the hand of the foe, and delivered them from the hand of the enemy. 11 The waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left. 12 Then they believed his words; they sang his praise. 13 But they soon forgot his works…
Observation: The Israelites were a lot like you and me. They were grateful for God’s blessings when they happened, but forgot soon enough.
Application: Like many people, I tend to be consumed with what’s in front of me. When things are going well, I’m in my happy place. When things aren’t going very well, I struggle. What do I do now? I can’t count the number of times the Lord has led me out of difficult situations. His faithfulness is astounding! Yet I worry anyway. Friends, I have a short memory sometimes. It’s as if I’m saying to the Lord, “Sure you saved me the last 100 times, but what about right now? Can I really trust you now?”
If you happen to be in a difficult situation, dear sisters and brothers, I encourage you to do what I so often forget to do. Remember the many times the Lord has gotten you through a difficult time. Remember his faithfulness. He who is faithful will not let you down. He will see you through.
Prayer: Lord, you know we tend to have short memories. We forget who you are and what you’ve done. Instead, we obsess over what’s in front of us right now. Give us grace to recall your many, many acts of faithfulness and love. And, despite difficult circumstances, help us to find peace that passes understanding. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.