That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
I just read the passage above from Numbers 13 and it reminded me that we need to keep our eyes on God always. It is so easy to lose sight of Him in the face of adversity; especially more so when what we face is humanly impossible. I’ve lost sight of Him many times in my own life and it’s only by grace that I’m learning to rest in Him more these days.
Things like heartache, a difficult relationship or sickness are heavy, heavy things to bear and it is easier sad than done to continue to trust God even when we’ve had experiences where He’s seen us through. Human memory is short-term and sadly we often rely on our feelings more than our past experiences in order to press on in faith.
The Bible tells us otherwise and the best way to counter feelings of hopelessness & despair is to consistently go back to Scripture to remind ourselves that God is present and that faith is way more than just a feeling.
As I write this I asked God what would be a good verse to help us remember what faith is all about and this verse comes to mind (pardon the mistakes cos’ I’m trying to quote it from memory).
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Whoops! Looks like I missed out the 3 words I highlighted in RED font. Heh! So much for quoting from memory. It’s hard work memorising Scripture and for someone like me who’s always hated mugging it’s doubly hard. I still haven’t made it a discipline yet despite the fact that I read the Bible every day but the more I go through life the more I realise that God’s Word is essential in order for us to come out victors in all situations. Time to get cracking I suppose; I’ve procrastinated on this long enough.
Anyways, I’ve come to the conclusion that things may not always go the way we want it to go in life but our attitudes can determine how we come out of situations. And that can only happen when we can see things differently by surrendering things completely to the God and by trusting that He really does have the best in mind for all of us. Amen?