I Am Israel

From the time that God told Moses He was going to lead His people out of Egypt, the Israelites saw many miraculous wonders of God. Here is a small list…. (Exodus 9 – 16)

1) Plague on the livestock of the Egyptians, but Israel’s livestock was unharmed.

2) Plague of hail that beat down men, animals and trees, except for the land where the Israelites lived.

3) Plague of darkness that was so thick over Egypt that it could be felt, except where Israel lived.

4) Plague on all the firstborn of Egypt, not for the firstborn in Israel.

5) A light that led them by night out of Egypt and a cloud that led them by day.

6) The parting of the Red Sea so that Israel could get across. Then the wheels came off the chariots of the Egyptians and they were stuck as the waters came back together.

7) Water in the desert that was bitter, Moses made sweet by throwing a stick into it. Then they came to a place with twelve springs and seventy palm trees for them to relax.

Then they start grumbling about the food.

It’s easy to shake your head at them. What a fickle people!

But, I AM ISRAEL.

How quickly I forget the blessings He’s lavished on me. It was just back in December that I was rejoicing at how far He has brought me in the past few years. Only a month ago He provided for me in a big way when I totally gave a financial issue over to Him. And this week, I’m grumbling because He still hasn’t given me something else I’ve asked Him for. It’s me, not the people of Israel saying, “Did you bring me out here to starve me? Why did you save me if you’re going to bring me out here and not give me what I think I need?”

It’s easier when I’m moving forward, when I hear Him speak and He shows me where He’s leading me. But in the quiet times when I can’t see Him and I feel very alone, I question His motives.

Shame on me. Because God is not in the habit of leaving us hanging. He knows what He has planned for us. He knows when the timing is right.

As I read the account of the plagues in Egypt, I wondered….Why, God, did you send so many plagues and why didn’t Pharoah let them go the first time? You have control of that.

And then verses 10:1-2 “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.'”

We can’t be silent on what God has done for us. He deserves the praise for what He has done. I need to remember and tell of how good He is so that others will know that He is the Lord and so I will never be ungrateful.

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